Chief Minister launching the "I love Penang" campaign at Nibong Tebal in conjunction of Chinese New Year Open House 2017. He said this to the media after Tengku Anan intend to turn Penang State into Wilayah State.
The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 first time is held at Nibong Tebal near Sg Jawi Police Headquarter (football field). There are 10 big balloon lines up for display 7-9am on 3 Feb 2017 and ready for take off. One of the local politician take the chance to ride on the balloon and make on live in Facebook. You can feel the fabulous view from the ride on Nibong Tebal town.
Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) returns for the 3rd consecutive time! Here’s another chance for you to float above Padang Polo (Polo Ground) in Penang on a huge hot air balloon. Held on the 8th and 9th day of Chinese New Year, be sure to mark your calendars on 4th and 5th February 2017 from 7am to 9.30pm. What better way to celebrate this festivity with your family and friends where there’ll be loads of fun and excitement in store for all ages. Not to be 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.
The Kek Lok Si Temple lights up ceremony 2017 will be last event to light up, according to the temple representative. “The work involved is huge and very stressful. Former abbot Datuk Seri Ven Seck Jit Heng at 61, and I are getting old, and we do not want to pass the burden to the younger monks as we want them to spend more of their time on religious matters and studies.
“It is time consuming to put up the lights and lanterns. Preparations would start three months before the Chinese New Year and my people would be stressed out at the end of the day,” he said
Ven Xian Guan said it was Ven Jit Heng’s idea to light up the temple, and the event grew bigger and bigger over the years.
“He started with only a few hundred lanterns and it has expanded to what it is now, with tens of thousands of LEDs and lanterns lighting up the temple.
During the Kek Lok Si lighting-up ceremony on Sunday, Ven Jit Heng said the expense for the event was between RM600,000 and RM800,000.
State government asked the temple to reconsider the decision as it is one of the major attraction to the tourists every Chinese New Year in Penang.