The annual Chinese New Year (CNY) Decorations in Queensbay Mall. This year, the mall sees a far lesser crowd due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order.
A photo taken during the George Town Chinese New Year festival back in February 2020. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order, no large celebrations, travel or mass gatherings will be allowed for Chinese New Year.
Kek Lok Si Temple, for the first time, will be broadcasting its lighting ceremony virtually today via Facebook for the coming Chinese New Year. This is due to the current Movement Control Order which is put in place across the country till 18 February, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual ceremony will start at 7pm today (GMT+8, 7 February) and those interested, can watch the virtual ceremony here: LINK
Various activities at the Chinese New Year festival and celebration in George Town.
Lion dance performance during the Chinese New Year celebration at George Town. Lion dance in Penang was found to have started during the 1930s, whereby it was a tradition brought over by immigrants from southern China back then. Hence, the common lion dance here is the southern lion dance style. Usually performed during Chinese New Year or any major Chinese event, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and fortune.
Bishop Street decorated with lanterns during Chinese New Year festive period in George Town.
Lanterns adorning the Armenian Park at night during the Chinese New Year festive period. The park is also used as a major place for festive celebration such as the Lanterns Festival above, to be held during the weeks of Chinese New Year.
Like every Chinese or Lunar New Year, the famous Kek Lok Si temple complex will be lighted up during the nights of the festive period in Penang. Throngs of visitors will be going up the hill temple to marvel at the display of the lights.
Chinese New Year decoration for the year 2020 at Queensbay Mall.