Traditional fun awaits visitors celebrating Chap Goh Meh at lantern event

Visitors taking photos with the Wishing Ye Ye in front of the wishing tree set up for the Penang CNY Lanterns 2017 at Dewan Sri Pinang where the family carnival will be held this Saturday.

As part of the month-long Penang CNY Lanterns 2017 display at Dewan Sri Pinang in Penang, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) United Penang is organising a family carnival for people of all ages to enjoy.

Coinciding with the Chinese Valentine’s Day, the event is open to the public, where they can revive their childhood by playing traditional games with their loved ones.

“We encourage these games to be played before they become a thing of the past,” Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik said in a recent press conference.

JCI United Penang’s commission director Wong Chee Ming, who was also present, said visitors could feast their eyes on the 38 colourful lanterns which are lit every evening.

He said that registration booths would also be set up to publicise JCI United Penang’s upcoming events.

Among them are the ‘Peace is Possible’ programme, a global peace initiative, ‘Say Yes to Breastfeeding’ campaign and car boot barter trade.

The custom-made lanterns at Dewan Sri Pinang depict the God of Prosperity, a six-metre wishing tree and also Pokemon characters.

Visiting hours this Saturday have been extended from afternoon to midnight.

Ng also said there would be a state Chap Goh Mei celebration at Fort Cornwallis the same day.

“We hope the public will visit both events this Saturday,” he said.

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