The annual fire-watching festival was held at the Penang Snake Temple during the 6th lunar day of the Chinese New Year this year (which was 14 February 2024). There were also various cultural performances held alongside the fire-watching ceremony, including a traditional puppet show, lion dance and fireworks.
Legend has it that the temple, dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong, was inhabited by venomous pit vipers centuries ago. According to folklore, these serpents, believed to be guardians of the temple, emerged from the nearby jungle and took refuge within its walls.
Kek Lok Si Temple illuminated in a dazzling array of lights during Chinese New Year. As one of Penang’s most iconic landmarks, Kek Lok Si Temple comes alive with vibrant decorations and thousands of colorful lights, creating a magical ambiance that captures the essence of the festive season.
Located in the heart of George Town, the old Kuan Yin Temple at Kapitan Keling Mosque Street is where age-old Chinese traditions come to life in a kaleidoscope of colors, scents, and sounds. On the first day of the Chinese New Year, this historic temple transforms into a bustling hub of activity as devotees and visitors alike flock to pay homage and seek blessings for the year ahead. Kuan Yin is also known as the Goddess of Mercy.
As the largest temple dedicated to Lord Murugan outside India, the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple located in the Botanical Garden (or Waterfall) area of Penang was built at a cost of approximately USD 3.1 million and took five years to complete. The staircase of 512 steps leading up to the new temple was found to be longer than the 272-step the Hindu temple in Batu Caves, Selangor. The temple complex and its hill area also houses several other Hindu shrines as well as a massive statue of Lord Shiva.
The new temple features were inspired from the South Indian Chola and Pallava eras and mainly used imported materials from India. The old temple is popularly known as the Waterfall Hill Temple or Lord Murugan Temple in the island and is also the main site of the annual Thaipusam pilgrimage.
This year’s Christmas decorations by Queensbay Mall appears to be inspired by space blue theme. Planets and stars can be seen hanging from the top while azure blue trees filled the ground floor of the mall’s main concourse.
Decorations including lanterns and a statue of the Rabbit welcoming the Year of the Rabbit and Chinese New Year festivities at Armenian Street Park and its surrounding areas. This decorations are also to signify the beginning of Miao Hui (Penang Chinese New Year Celebration), which will last till 28 January 2023. Various streets within the heritage area of George Town will be decorated with lanterns too and there will be events along the one week period.
Various art murals found in Farlim, a town in Ayer Itam area which is officially called Bandar Baru Air Itam.
Farlim (as mostly known locally here) is a town consists mainly of residential neighbourhood and was established in the 1980s by the Farlim Group on a land belonging to the Khoo Kongsi. It was said that the name Farlim meant “beautiful forest”.
These murals are located mainly within the Medan Angsana neighbourhood in Farlim.