As usual, this is one of the annual Chinese New Year Cultural Event held on Penang. This year it was fall on 16 Feb 2013, the 7th day of Chinese New Year celebration.
The event is patronised by Penang State Government and Penang Clan Council（檳州各姓氏宗祠聯委會）, organised by Clan-Association Youth Penang（檳州各姓氏青年團聯委會） in conjunction with Chinese New Year. It was took place at UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Georgetown, Penang. The streets involved in this event namely Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street, Acheh Street, Cannon Street, Chulia Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Soo Hong Lane and Kampong Kolam. Admission to this event is free of charge. Penangites and tourists are the visitors to this event.
This is the main entrance of the event located at the junction of Jalan Masjid Kaptan Keling and Cannon Street.
100 meters away behind the entrance is the main performance stage which specially dedicated to the distinguished guest.
Honourable Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng is visiting one of the exhibition booth together with his EXCO members and organizers.
The streets are full of visitors.
This is the “Chai Sin Eah” (God of Wealth) that cannot be missed out from any Chinese New Year event. He is the god who in charge of wealth and bring good luck to the midgard. But tonight his face looks so serious. Probably he as tired for the whole day and feeling too hot in the thick costume.
This is the exhibition section by Penang Hokkien Association representing the Hokkien community. It demonstrate the Hokkien culture. In front of the entrance is the setup of Praying “Ti Kong” (God of Heaven), which is believed by Hokkien community who has saved them from enemy attack during those days in war. The prayers usually offers some sweet foods, SugarCane, fruits, joss sticks and some are included whole roasted pig as well.
This is the entrance to Khoo Kongsi, another attraction point of the event. There are some exhibition booths in the Cannon Square which managed by students from Chinese secondary school in Penang. In the middle of the square, there is a stage for cultural performance. Unfortunately, I have missed the performance when I reach the place.
This is the grand view of Khoo Kongsi Temple at night. Many visitors are busy in taking photos with their family and friends.
This is one of the exhibition booth which come demonstrate the printing technology in those old days.
This is the flower exhibition booth managed by secondary school students.
These are General “Guan Yu”‘s statue in wooden engraving made by OHL Art Gallery.
Overall, this is a successful event. It did help to recall and demonstrate the cultural of Chinese community to the public, even to the young Chinese generation which no longer or getting less exposure to the older culture. It also help to recall the older generation on those days living practice.