Penang’s Poh Hock Seah Tua Peh Kong Grand Procession 2024

This once every 12 years event, deeply entrenched in the island’s cultural heritage, pays homage to the revered deity Tua Peh Kong, known for bestowing prosperity and fortune. The event was cancelled during the supposed Year of Tiger in 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic reason, and was instead scheduled for this year. The last process was held in 2010, as shared in this post HERE.

As the procession weaves its way through the streets, adorned with colorful banners and intricate floats, the atmosphere is infused with the melodious rhythms of drums and the aromatic wafts of incense. Both locals and visitors eagerly gather to witness this captivating spectacle, which serves as a testament to Penang’s rich heritage and strong community bonds.

Tua Peh Kong, also known as Tua Pek Kong or Da Bo Gong, is a deity widely venerated in Chinese folk religion and Taoism. He is regarded as a god of prosperity, wealth, and protection. Tua Peh Kong is often depicted as a portly figure with a long beard, wearing traditional Chinese attire.

Karpal Singh Drive: Penang Tourism Flotilla 2015

Penang Tourism Flotilla 2015

Penang Tourism Flotilla 2015

The annual float event which was titled “Magic of the Night 2015 Floats” this year was held in May at the Marina of Putrajaya, organized by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia. The event showcased a number of floats representing each state in Malaysia, parading on the waters of the Putrajaya lake. After the event, the Penang float was moved over here to be displayed along the Karpal Singh Drive, Jelutong.

Penang’s float is called “Endless Celebrations” and reportedly won the Most Popular and Most Creative Awards during the Magic of the Night 2015 Floats.

Note: There is an ongoing photography contest (till August 22) of the float organized by Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) and IJM Land Berhad. For more info on this contest, please visit: http://www.psp-penang.com.my/.

The Penang Boat Float

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The colorful Penang Boat Float reportedly won the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade which was held at Putrajaya back in June 2014. After the end of the festival in Putrajaya, the boat was brought to the Karpal Singh Drive (formerly known as the Nautilus Bay or Jelutong Promenade) for display to the public every night. The boat showcases several beautifully lit places of attraction or landmarks in Penang. The boat is also designed with a dragon head and shape, to represent the annual international dragon boats festival held on the island.