Chinese New Year Events In Penang

Line-Up of Chinese New Year events in 2017, check it out! Mark your calendar now to celebrate this festive season with your family and friends in Penang for an unforgettable experience.

i) Kek Lok Si Display of Lights 2017 (极乐寺万圣盏灯会)

One of the largest and finest temples complexes in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple is decorated with colorful hanging lanterns and showcases more than 10,000 lights during its annual lighting display night. It is believed this act of faith will bring them peace, luck and prosperity.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Venue: Kek Lok Si Temple
Date:  23 Jan 2017 – 24 Feb 2017
Time: 7.00 pm – 12.00 midnight

GPS: 5.401245, 100.274872


ii) Penang CNY Lanterns 2017 (槟城灯会)

2nd lantern festival in Penang

Lantern Festival Penang

In year 2017, the Penang State Government has decided to organise the lantern festival for second time, named it Penang CNY Lanterns 2017. This 32-day Chinese New Year Lantern comprises a total of 38 lanterns of different themes that group into 4 major sets to be displayed. The main lantern is six-metre tall and six-metre wide.


Venue: Vicinity of Dewan Sri Penang, Lebuh Light.
Date:  26 Jan 2017 – 26 Feb 2017
Time: Lights off at 12 midnight
Facebook:槟城灯会 Penang CNY Lanterns 2017

iii) Chinese New Year Eve Celebration and Taiwanese Lanterns Display (大年除夕至元宵庆典)

Launching of Chinese New Year Eve Celebration on 14 Jan 2017 at Tow Boo Kong Butterworth Temple  to welcome Year of Rooster with themed “处处生机” which means there is an opportunity for you to turn your challenging year into a brighter year.

Tow Boo Kong Butterworth Temple


Come and join the event!!!

 Chinese New Year Eve Celebration

If you unable to join the event, you can view it live trough https://rings.tv/share/event/ue43188

 Chinese New Year Eve Celebration


There is an array of fun and interesting activities await you. Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year here with your family or loved one.

Chinese New Year Eve Celebration

1. Lantern Festival Opening Ceremony & Chinese New Year Countdown Celebration
Date: 27/1/2017 (Friday)
Time: 9.00 pm – 1.00 am

Tow Boo Kong Butterworth will organize the lantern festival from 27 January to 11 February, with a total of 16 days, more than 100 pieces of Taiwan lantern going to be displayed. Lantern Festival is an ancient Chinese culture and normally form around the Spring Festival. This is the first time such large-scale lighting exhibitions organized by Tow Boo Kong Butterworth and this 16 days mid event will accompany with number of cultural activities.

In addition to that, Tow Boo Kong Butterworth will also be having the Chinese New Year countdown celebration that comes with cultural performance and variety of entertainment shows. There will also be a grand fireworks display at 12.00am to welcome Chinese New Year.

2. Renri Celebration & Prosperity Toss (Lou Sang)
Date: 3/2/2017 (Friday)
Time: 8.00 pm – 11.30 pm

On the 7th day of the Lunar New Year and it is known as Renri (literally Human Day). According to Chinese customs, Renri was the day of creation of human beings. On this special days Chinese will celebrate by the prosperity toss (Lou Sang). Every year Tow Boo Kong Butterworth organize an enormous “Lou Sang” event that can accommodate more than 1000 crowd to perform the prosperity toss simultaneously. Others than “Lou Sang” crowd will be entertained with cultural show and activities.

3. Jade Emperor (The Supreme Deity of Taoism) Birthday Celebration
Date: 4/2/2017 (Saturday)
Time: 10.00 pm – 1.00 am

The 9th day of the Lunar New Year is the birthday of the Jade emperor, beginning from the midnight of the 8thday people will start praying and setting off firecrackers. This is a major celebration among the Hokkien community and known as “Pai Ti Kong”. Tow Boo Kong Butterworth take this opportunity to organize the “Pai Ti Kong” event so public from around the state can come over for worship and understand more about this culture that being practice more than thousand years.

4. Lantern Festival on Chap Goh Meh
Date: 10/2 – 11/2 (Friday and Saturday)
Time: 8.00 pm –  12.00 am

Celebrate “Chap Goh Meh” on the 15th days of lunar New Year and it marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. Chap Goh Meh derives from the Hokkien dialect “chap goh” which means “fifteen” and “meh” translates into “night”. According to ancient legend, women had restricted freedom to roam the streets, thus on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, women took this opportunity to head out to the streets and temples in the hopes of meeting people and making new friends. Every year Tow Boo Kong Butterworth organize this event to promote this ancient Chinese culture.

During the event there will be tons of cultural activities such as mandarin orange throwing, traditional Chinese games, stage performances, etc. However, the most famous activity associated with the festival is, of course, the throwing of mandarin oranges, usually into a body of water. Young women participate in this activity as a way of proclaiming love to someone they admire or ask for blessings to find themselves a good partner. Stage performance will include cultural dance, lion dance, Dian Ying San Tai Zi performance, etc. The performer include local and overseas, so it an event that you never should miss.

Chinese New Year Celebrations & Events

Venue: Tow Boo Kong Butterworth Temple
Date:  27 Jan 2017 – 11 Feb 2017
Time: 6.00pm -11.00pm

Facebook: 北海斗母宫 Tow Boo Kong Temple Butterworth

iv) Penang State Chief Minister’s Chinese New Year Open House (槟州首长新春团拜)

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Penang’s Chief Minister, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng on the first day of Chinese New Year. There will be exciting programmes and food and beverages will be served.

Penang State Chief Minister's Chinese New Year Open House

Photo Credit: www.kwongwah.com.my

Date:  28 Jan 2017  -1st Day of CNY(正月初一)
Time: 10.001m – 1.00pm

v)  Snake Temple Celebration 槟城蛇庙庙会

The Hokkien Kongsi will be celebrating the birthday of the Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong Deity of Hock Hin Keong (popularly known as the Snake Temple) on the 6th day of the Chinese New Year.

Snake Temple

Venue: Snake Temple
Date:  1 Feb 2017  – 5th Day of CNY(正月初五)
Time: 7.00 pm – 12 midnight

Facebook: Hokkien Kongsi Penang
Website: hokkienkongsipenang.com

vi) Penang Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration 槟城庙会

Penang CNY Cultural & Heritage Celebration is an annual event patronized by Penang State Government and Penang Clan Council in conjunction with Chinese New Year. There is a total number of 18 clan precincts will be opened for public to enter this year. Through the event, they hope to promote the festive atmosphere of Penang’s Chinese New Year, culture, traditional arts and the intangible moral heritage.

Penang Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

Theme: Real Gems of Traditional Heritage Travel from Generation to Generation 
There will be a total of 18 clans and associations presenting their “gems” on the event day. The so-called “gems” include but not limited to their traditions, crafts, food and languages.


今次庙会一改过展示和介绍方式,以“一家传一宝,人人来接宝”概念,通过互动,让民众向这些宗祠和会馆“取宝”。所谓的宝,即是会馆和宗祠的传统文化,手艺,食谱和语言等。参与的宗祠和会馆包括增龙会馆,中山会馆,台山宁阳会馆,武帝庙,伍氏家庙,李氏宗祠,陈氏宗祠,刘关张赵古城会,潮州会馆,南阳堂叶氏宗祠,邱公司 ,宝福社,世德堂谢公司,新会会馆,广东及汀州会馆,胡氏宗祠,梅氏家庙和黄氏宗祠,共18个宗祠会馆。

Venue: Esplanade, Light Street, King Street, Penang Street, Church Street, Bishop Street, Beach Street
Date:  3 Feb 2017  – 7th Day of CNY(正月初七)
Time: 4.00 pm – 11.30pm

Facebook: 丁酉年槟城庙会 Penang CNY Celebration 2017

vii) Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) 槟城热气球嘉年华

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) returns for the 3rd consecutive year! Here’s another chance for you to float above Padang Polo (Polo Ground) in Penang on a huge hot air balloon. Don’t missed are the 15 colourful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions on both days at Padang Polo plus 10 free flying ones on 3rd February 2017 at Sungai Jawi.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

i) Ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available on first-come first-served basis, where one can go up as high as 60 meters.
ii) A ‘Night Glow’ show on each night will feature 10 balloons lighted up with music and light accompaniment to fascinate spectators.
iii) ‘Cold Inflation’ activity where anyone can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground.
iv) Family friendly activities and entertainment as well as F&B stalls will be set up and available throughout the event

Venue: Padang Polo
Date:  4 Feb 2017 – 5 Feb 2017 (正月初八,初九)
Time: 7.00 am – 9.30 pm

Facebook:Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Website: www.penanghotairballoonfiesta.com

viii) Jade Emperor God Festival 天公诞

The 9th day of Chinese New Year also known as Ti Kong She (Jade Emperor God’s Birthday) is celebrated on a grand scale by the Hokkien Clan to commemorate their forefathers escape in ancient China.

Jade Emperor God Festival

At the stroke of midnight, prayers are performed with much gaiety with offerings of food, fruits, liquor and sugarcane stalks to the Jade Emperor God.

Jade Emperor God Festival

Venue: Chew Jetty & Hillway Road
Date:  4 Feb 2017 (正月初八)
Time: 9.00 pm -12 midnight

ix) Chap Goh Meh 华堂元宵节

Chap Goh Meh

Venue:Penang Chinese Town Hall
Date: 10 Feb 2017 (正月十四)
Time: 6.00 pm – 12.00 am

x) Chap Goh Meh Celebrations 元宵节庆典

Celebrated on the 15th night of the Lunar New Year, Chap Goh Meh is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. On this night with the full moon shining down, young ladies of marrying age venture out to popular sea promenades to throw oranges into the sea, wishing for a good soul mate.


The Penang State Govenment will organise a celebration on this night featuring delicious Penang street food as well as games, perfomances and a grand fireworks display. 

Venue: Fort Cornwallis
Date: 11 Feb 2017 (正月十五)
Time: 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm


Chinese New Year Penang

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