Tribute to the Dragon


SINCE this is the Year of the Dragon, a six-metre long dragon figure will adorn the float to be used for the annual Tua Pek Kong procession during Chap Goh Meh in Penang.

Poh Hock Seah Association deputy president Tan Lye Hock said: “A craftsman, who is hired by the temple, is working round-the- clock at his workshop on Macallum Street to complete the dragon figure.”

The 4km float procession on Monday is to commemorate the last day of the Chinese New Year festival.

The parade will begin at 8pm.

It will start from Seng Hong Beow Temple on Jalan C.Y. Choy before heading to Beach Street, Church Street, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, Chulia Street, Carnarvon Street, Campbell Street, Lebuh Pantai Tali, Jalan Prangin, Kampong Kolam and Lebuh Acheh.

Then it will go back to Poh Hock Seah Temple on Armenian Street.

Association secretary Lim Hooi Kooi said the Chap Goh Meh procession, which will cover the inner city, will include a Chinese traditional musical troupe performance and a Chingay show.

All devotees, Lim said, are welcomed to join the grand proces- sion and to pray for a better year ahead.

On Sunday, which is the day before the procession, a prayer ceremony will take place at the Poh Hock Seah temple at noon.

This will be followed by a procession on foot which will start from the temple at 2pm.

The route covers Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, China Street, Beach Street, Gat Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Victoria, Gat Jalan Prangin, Pengkalan Weld and Magazine Road where the entourage will board a bus to the Hai Choo Soo Temple in Tanjung Tokong for the Chneah Hoay (flame watching) ceremony.

The Chneah Hoay ceremony will commence at 11pm.

For details, call Lim at 013-4317003 or email to pohhockseah@yahoo.com.

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