This year marks the 6th Ban Ka Lan Chinese New Year celebration at the Penang Snake Temple.
The Ban Ka Lan (or Flame Watching) festival is held annually during the Chinese New Year period, as a ceremony to predict the year’s economy by observing the intensity of the flames during the ritual. The festival is also held to celebrate the birthday of the deity of the snake temple, Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong.
Chinese New Year decoration at the central atrium of Queensbay Mall, a shopping center in Penang.
Scenes from the Thaipusam festival celebration in Penang.
A Hindu festival mostly celebrated by the Tamil community every year, the Thaipusam festival for this year falls on the 31st January. The most notable or intriguing scene from this festival is the kavadi-bearers, devotees who usually had their bodies pierced while undergoing a pilgrimage as part of their offerings for their gods during the festival.
This year’s Heritage Day celebration and festival are being held from 7th to 9th July at the heart of the heritage zone in George Town, such as the areas around Armenian Street, Kampung Kolam and Ah Quee Street. The theme for this year’s festival is “Walk the Talk: Oral Traditions and Expressions”, which showcases the local communities’ culture and language/dialect such as Indian Muslim, Teochew, Malayalam and Telugu. There will be cultural shows, interactive activities and performances along with history-guided trails on the origins of the heritage streets in George Town.
The 3 days festival starts in the evening till the nights.
The Penang International Food Festival is a 16-days event celebrating the diversity of Penang food, ranging from popular local hawkers street food to ‘fringe’ food festival featuring cafes, food trucks and so on. The festival starts from 15th to 30th April.
For more info, please refer to its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penanginternationalfoodfestival/.
During Chinese New Year, the Kek Lok Si temple complex in Penang will be brightened with lanterns and decorative lighting for almost a month, making it a dazzling spectacle at night.