Buddha statues overlooking the balcony of a temple building at famous Kek Lok Si temple, Penang.
Today is the Wesak Day, a day when Buddhists in Malaysia celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. Normally, there will be Wesak Day procession in George Town as part of the celebration.
Cheah Kongsi is the oldest clan houese and temple in Penang.
A small Indian Temple at the Esplanade, George Town.
Located along Victoria Street and built in 1878, Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi is an ancestral clan temple for the Khoo clan people in Penang. It is one of the two Khoo clan temples in Penang and also the smaller and less popular one compared to the main Khoo Kongsi in Cannon Street, George Town.
Prayers at the Chew Jetty’s Temple during the Jade Emperor celebration (on the 9th day of Chinese lunar new year). Every year, the Weld Quay area is usually host to the biggest celebration for the Jade Emperor in Penang.
The Jade Emperor Temple at Ayer Itam.
Today marks the 9th day of Chinese lunar new year, which is also a Chinese Hokkien celebration for giving thanks and gratitude to the Jade Emperor.
Legend has it that once upon a time, the Chinese Hokkien people from the Fujian province in China managed to hide (with the blessing from the Jade Emperor) from their enemies in a sugarcane farm on Chinese New Year Day for nine consecutive days. Henceforth, on every 9th day of the Chinese lunar new year, the Hokkiens marked the occasion by having a big celebration.