Penang is a well-known tourist spot in Malaysia. February is the best time for you to drop for a visit because there are various activities and festivals that you can join throughout the month. Here are some of the events that will be happening in February 2018!
Kek Lok Si Displays of Lights
Kek Lok Si is one of the well-known temples in Penang and said to be one of the largest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. (Some even said in South East Asia) This is the best time to visit Kek Lok Si temple as it is now adorned with thousands of lights that transformed it into a fairyland. It is believed that by doing this act of faith, it will bring them peace, luck and prosperity.
You can visit the main attraction which is the amazing seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas) that was completed in 1930. You can climb on top of the pagoda using a steep flight of stairs and you will be rewards with amazing of Penang. You can also see the Statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
Kek Lok Si Displays of Lights starts on 11th February until 15th March 2018. It opens from 7am – 5.30pm daily and there is no entrance fee except for pagoda and the Sky Lift.
Occupy Beach Street
Miss the Occupy Beach Street Chinese New Year Run? Don’t worry! This weekend, Occupy Beach Street is having a celebration again together with the big jubilation of Penang State's Chinese New Year Celebration 2018! The Penang State's Chinese New Year Street Celebration brings you endless food, cultural performances, lion dance on stilts, dragon dance, arts, crafts and more!
You do not want to miss this out! You can also catch fireworks performances for this Chinese New Year at Beach Street at 10pm. The event will start from 5pm until 11pm.
Pai Ti Kong Festival
Every year, on the 9th day of the first month of Lunar Calendar, Hokkien people will have a special celebration known as “Bai Tian Gong” or “Phai Thien Kong.” They believed that it is the birthday of the Jade Emperor (Thien Kong) who protected the ancestors of Hokkien people from the ruthless army in Ancient China.
It is celebrated on a grand scale by the Hokkien clan to commemorate their forefathers escape in ancient China. This day is also the first day of Hokkien New Year. At the stroke of midnight, prayers are performed with offerings of food, fruits, liquor and sugarcane stalks to the Jade Emperor God.
Pai Ti Kong Festival in Penang this year, will be on the 24th February from 7pm to 12am at Chew Jetty, Georgetown.
Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018
One of the well-known and most important events in Penang. This event will fall on the 24th and 25th February and numerous hot air balloons by international and local balloonists will reside in Padang Polo. To enjoy the huge hot air balloon, make sure to come before 9am and after 6pm as they will deflate the balloon by 9am and before 6pm because of the heat. Bear in mind that the balloons activities are subjected to the weather condition!
Penang Chinese New Year Celebration 2018
Another great event happening on the 25th February from 4pm until 11pm is the Penang Chinese New Year Celebration. The event showcases the history of the clan houses and Chinese-based organisations, and also the Chinese culture. Performances such as lion dance, traditional dances, skits, and many more will be held along the streets of Georgetown.