Penang Street Art (The Malaysian Icons)

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A large wall art mural painted on the wall of the Shell petrol station located along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (or the Jelutong Expressway). This vibrant and colorful art work showcases the various iconic, cultural, and traditional items in Malaysia.

Penang Street View: The Kampung Homes

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Street view of traditional Malay kampung houses along Balik Pulau roads in Penang. During the festive period of Hari Raya, many Malays will be returning to their family homes, and most of them will be traveling from the urban cities to the kampung area.

A Kampung House (Selamat Hari Raya)

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A Malay kampung house at Balik Pulau, Penang. Kampung simply translates to village in English.

Every year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri (or Hari Raya Puasa) is celebrated by Muslims worldwide on the 1st of Syawal (according to Hijrah Calendar) to mark the end of Ramadhan. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a national holiday in Malaysia and this year, it falls on the 17 July 2015. In general, the Muslims here will be going back to their hometowns to celebrate it with their families and this is commonly called “balik kampung”.

To all Muslims out there, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Lion Dance: New Lions Ritual

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A lions ‘eye-dotting’ ritual and ceremony organized by Penang Wushu Lion & Dragon Dance Association. Most lions found in Penang are of the Southern Lions design and style.

“A new lion usually undergoes an eye-dotting ritual which gives the lion its ‘spirit’, because it must be brought to life and filled with a spirit through a religious ceremony. This is most of the times by a Taoist ceremony but it can be performed by any person with a high social status. The areas to be dotted with red pigment called “Zhu Sha” are the eye, ears ,nose, horn, feet, and the body; usually only the eyes are done in a public ceremony. The light in its eyes resembles that the lion’s eyes have been opened with a spirit and the shield reflects the good light from the heavens, although other explanations can be given for the mirror.”

Lion Dance Ceremony

Lion Dance Ceremony

Lion Dance Ceremony

Lion Dance Ceremony