Float parade to feature Chingay act

A CHINGAY performance will be included in the 10th TwaPeh Kong Hneoh Grand Float Procession 2010 in Penang on Feb 28 and it has now attracted 56 organisations and Tua Pek Kong groups.

Among the participants are the Penang Chinese Town Hall and Penang Tourism Development and Culture Committee.

The 10km procession, organised by Poh Hock Seah Association on the 15th day of the first lunar month, is touted as one of the grandest float processions in Penang.

Association deputy president Tan Lye Hock said the procession takes place every 12 years in the Year of the Tiger with the first one held 120 years ago. The last procession attracted 36 groups of participants.

“We believe that the Tua Pek Kong embodies a white tiger and its presence will scare away bad luck while blessing the state with peace and prosperity.

“The association’s oldest Tua Pek Kong idol, which is 120 years old, will be paraded,” Tan said.

He also said that devotees were welcome to bring joss sticks to exchange for with those blessed by the deity during the procession which would start at 8pm.

The procession will begin from the association’s temple on Armenian Street and pass through Masjid Kapitan Kling, Chulia Street, Penang Road, Burmah Road, Pangkor Road, Perak Road, Anson Road, Macalister Road, Magazine Road, McNair Street, Sandilands Street, Jalan C.Y. Choy, Beach Street, Church Street and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling before returning to the temple.

The association will also hold its annual chneah hoay (flame-watching) ceremony at the Hai Choo Soo (Sea Pearl) Temple in Tanjung Tokong on Feb 27.

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