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Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 – Before Dusk

This event was held during the evening of 23rd February 2015, jointly organised by Penang State Government and Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.  Our Webmaster, Peter Ho and his partner Chua Boon Keat and another team of photographers Michael Chuan and his partner Max Teoh Yeam Chuan sent amazing photographs to me capturing the very essence of the Festival.  You can see the colours of Chinese New Year, the festive atmosphere and visitors and families coming to witness this very traditional religious Festival organised by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and his Committee.  Truly Penang – that is how I would personally describe this event as having a little bit of everything for everybody.

In this article, I shall endeavour to showcase the beautiful photographs taken before dusk.  I will feature night-time scenes in another article.

Dragons Dance Team in front of our iconic temple doing the "Michael Chuan" signature style of greeting.

Dragons Dance Team in front of our iconic Snake Temple doing the “Michael Chuan” signature style of greeting.

Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 giving the "Michael Chuan" signature welcome.

Mr. Cheng Ean, Chairman of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 giving the “Michael Chuan” signature welcome.  Right bottom Mr Lau Tek Fun (Events Co-ordinator) and Mr. Yeoh Seng Hoe of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang giving The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and angpows to Floats Participants.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang presenting the book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and angpows to Floats Participants.  Events Co-ordinator and Trustee of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang, Mr. Cheah Hock Cheok presenting our book in Centre Photo.

Chingay Team members showing their skills.

Chingay Team members showing off their skills.

Chor Soo Kong Temple paricipant in the background.

Chor Soo Kong Temples participants in the background.

Chinese Calligraphy.  Inset photos showing our photographers having fun.

Chinese Calligraphy. Inset photos showing our photographers having fun.

This photo is worth a thousand words.  It shows devotees coming to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

This photo is worth a thousand words. It shows devotees coming to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Playing soft, soothing Chinese classical music for the crowd.

Musicians playing Chinese Classical Music for the visitors.

Famiy Day at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015

Family Day at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.  Mr. Chew of Snake Farm kissing his pet albino python.  Muaksss!!!

One of the Floats on display.  Drummers wheeling their drums to the Stage Area.

One of the Floats on display. Drummers wheeling their drums to the Stage Area.

Cheah Cheng Ean and Yeoh Seng Hoe with participants to our Ban Ka Lan Festival.

Messrs. Cheah Cheng Ean and Yeoh Seng Hoe with participants to our Ban Ka Lan Festival.

Chor Soo Kong Temple taking part in the Festival.

Chor Soo Kong Temple taking part in the Festival.

On of the Floats with children playing in front of it.

Children having fun in front of a float.

Y.B. Danny Law being greeted by Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees upon arrival.

Y.B. Danny Law being greeted by Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees upon arrival for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Dragons welcoming visitors at the entrance of Jalan Tokong Ular.

Dragons welcoming visitors at the entrance of Jalan Tokong Ular.

Dusk turning into night - that is when the fun begins.

Dusk turning into night – that was when the fun began.  The Official Opening Ceremony and the Evening Entertainment commenced after the arrival of Y.AB. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2015 (“Chneah Hoay” Ceremony)

At 11.30 p.m. on the 5th day of the 1st lunar month, there is the usual “Chneah Hoay” ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah to forecast the economy of Penang.  Usually the Main Hall of Snake Temple is so full of devotees that it is difficult for our photographers to take photos.  I received photos from Max Teoh Yeam Chuan (Alpha Moments Photography) and I was so impressed by the sequential photos he took of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony that I would like to share them with you.  The other photos were taken by Michael Chuan.  I think these are priceless photos and I am documenting them for posterity.  I have also added a sublime fish-eye shot taken by our Webmaster Peter Ho of the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Prayers by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah.

Prayers by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Cheng Hoe Seah members bringing in their urn for the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Cheng Hoe Seah members bringing in their urn for the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah preparing for the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony while his fellow members prayed and assisted him.

Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah preparing for the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony while his fellow members prayed and assisted him.

Y.B Danny Law praying at the start of the Flame Watching Ceremony and he was having fun recording it himself.

Y.B Danny Law praying at the start of the Flame Watching Ceremony and he was having fun recording it himself with his iPad (inset photo below).

Fanning the flame by adding joss-sticks while Y.B. Danny Law and the crowd watch.

Fanning the flame by adding joss-sticks while Y.B. Danny Law and devotees watched with anticipation.

Watch the flame just starting.

Watch – the flame just starting.

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The above sequential photos taken by Max Teoh are priceless showing the flames for the 3 Quarters of 2015.  The prediction of the economy of Penang is Good for the 1st Quarter, Normal for the 2nd Quarter and Very Good for the 3rd Quarter.

The above sequential photos taken by Max Teoh are priceless showing the flames for the 3 parts of 2015. The prediction of the economy of Penang is Good for January-April, Normal for May-August and Very Good for September-December.

Y.B. Danny Law seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong after the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Y.B. Danny Law seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong after the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of Ban Ka Lan Organising Committee seeking blessing from Chor Soo Kong.  Inset photo (left) Mr Yeoh Seng Hoe and (right) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock.

Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of Ban Ka Lan Organising Committee seeking blessing from Chor Soo Kong. Inset photos Mr. Yeoh Seng Hoe (top left), Mr. Lim Poh Hock (bottom left) and Mr. Khoo Kay Hock (top right).

Dato' Lim Hua Kwang and family members of the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong.

Dato’ Lim Hua Kwang (centre), Mr. Tan Joo Chye (bottom right) and family members of the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong.

Beautiful fish eye photograph taken by Peter Ho of the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony

We will leave the Main Hall of Snake Temple with this beautiful photograph taken by our Webmaster, Peter Ho of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Band Playing outside during the duration of the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Members beating gongs and cymbals outside the Main Hall of Snake Temple during the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Thank you Peter Ho, Max Teoh and Michael Chuan for taking these wonderful photos in such crowded and smoky condition.  Certainly not an easy task at all.

 

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2015 (Official Programme)

Once again Hokkien Kongsi, Penang organised Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 in conjunction with the Penang State Government and it was held on the 5th day of the 1st lunar moon in the Chinese calendar (corresponding to 23rd February 2015).  This event was sponsored by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng (Rm30,000/-), Y.B. Danny Law (Rm20,000/-) with the balance by Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

The Opening Ceremony was officiated by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and attended by Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees and wives of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; invited guests and visitors to the Festival.  An interesting programme was lined up by the Organising Chairman, Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and his Organising Committee for the entertainment of the guests and visitors.  The main attraction of the evening was the Beijing Acrobatic Show.

This article shows the official programme for the evening’s Festival with photos taken by Peter Ho, Chua Boon Keat, Michael Chuan and Max Teoh.

Snake Temple before 6 p.m.  A quiet moment before the start of the evening's Festival.

Snake Temple before 6 p.m. A quiet moment before the start of the evening’s Festival.

24 Drummers at the Stage preparing for evening's Festival.

24 Drummers at the Stage preparing for the evening’s Festival.

Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends wishing all at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 a Happy New Year.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends wishing all at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 a Happy New Year.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends giving the thumbs-up to photographers while awaiting the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends giving the thumbs-up to photographers while waiting for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being  greeted upon arrival by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock,Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and his fellow Trustees.

Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being greeted upon arrival by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and his fellow Trustees.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng wishing the crowd Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng wishing the crowd Gong Xi Fa Cai.

After the first initital greetings, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Eng and company making their way to the Main Hall of Snake Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kongs.

After the first initital greetings, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Eng and company making their way to the Main Hall of Snake Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penand and friends paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng accompanied by Khoo Kay Hock and Cheah Cheng Ean making their way to the Stage Area for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng accompanied by Khoo Kay Hock, Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang making their way to the Stage Area for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 was about to commence.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 was about to commence.

24 Drums Performance starting the Official Ceremony.

24 Drums Performance starting the Official Ceremony.

Snake Temple's mascot doing the Snake Temple.

Snake Temple’s mascot doing the Snake Dance to welcome the spectators.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech.  Inset photo, Tan Lye Hock delivering his speech.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech. Inset photo, Tan Lye Hock delivering his speech.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving his speech.  Inset photos (top) Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and  (bottom photo) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock delivering their speeches.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving his speech. Inset photos (top) Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and (right) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock delivering their speeches.

Official Opening Ceremony - let the fun begin.

Official Opening Ceremony – let the fun begin.

Lighting of the Flame of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Lighting of the Flame of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to alll of you from the Penang State Government, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Festival Committee.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to all of you from the Penang State Government, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Festival Committee.

Prayers led by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Prayers led by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Chneah Hoay (Flame Watching Ceremony) by Cheng Hoe Seah.

Preparing the “Chneah Hoay” (Flame Watching Ceremony) by Cheng Hoe Seah at 11.30 p.m.

Actual Chneah Hoay Ceremony to forecast the economy of Penang.  First Quarter - Good, Second Quarter - Normal, Third Quarter - Very Good.

Actual “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony to forecast the economy of Penang. First 4 months – Good; Second 4 months – Normal; and Third 4 months – Very Good.

Press Conference after Chneah Hoay Ceremony to inform the public of the Economy Forecast for Penang.

Press Conference after “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony to inform the public of the Economy Forecast for Penang.

Presenting The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to the Master of the Chneah Hoay Ceremony, Mr. Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Presenting The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and a plaque to the Master of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony, Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Adieu till next year.  With best wishes for a healthy, lucky, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Adieu till next year. With best wishes for a healthy, lucky, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang. “Heng Arrh…Ong Arrh…Huat Arrh” (quoting Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng).

 

 

 

 

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014

The Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014 will be held on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (corresponding to the 5th day of the coming Chinese New Year).  The event is jointly organised by the Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee.

A Press Conference, chaired by Y.B. Danny Law of Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, was held at 10.30 a.m. in the Conference Room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at Snake Temple in Sungei Keluang.

It was attended by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; members of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee and press members.  The conference was given a briefing on the Programme for the evening of the Festival.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Programme for Tuesday, 4th February 2014

7.00 p.m.

Arrival of Guests

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Trustees and wives of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

7.30 p.m.

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Snake Dance Performance

Speech by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman

Speech by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Celebration Chairman/Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Speech by Y.B. Mr. Danny Law Heng Kiang, Minister for Penang State Tourism Development & Culture

Speech by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

8.00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Lion Dance Performance

8.30 p.m.

Snake Charmer’s Performance

Fish Dance Performance

9.00 p.m.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance

Dragon Dance Performance

10.30 p.m.

Speech by Flame Watching Ceremony Adviser, Mr. Tan Lye Hock

Launching of Flame Watching Ceremony by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang

“Kim Kor” Team Performance

Activities/Performances in front of Snake Temple, Penang

7.00 p.m.          Lion Dance welcoming Guests

9.00 p.m.          Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

10.30 p.m.        Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

11.00 p.m.        Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

11.30 p.m.        Dragon Dance Performance/Snake Dance Performance

Opera Show/Chinese Martial Art Performance/”Chor Soo Kong” History

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.