Things To Do In Penang During Chinese New Year 2019


Chinese New Year just around the corner and is also the period for those peoples travel back to hometown to reunite with family and friends. Penang having the most Chinese populated state compare to others in Malaysia, the Chinese New Year celebration in Penang carry out different atmosphere. The state come alive with different events, open house and parties which some of the events are worth for you to visit as part of your tour in Penang throughout the month of February. Some of the program that I would recommend as below:

Penang Celebrates: Chinese New Year with Kochabi @ Auto-City

Penangites kick off the celebration two days earlier than actual Chinese New Year and consider largest celebrations amongst the community in Penang by emphasize the theme “Kochabi”, Penang’s old flavors. Visitors will have a chance to watch some on stage performance like 24 Festive Drums, Chinese Folk Rhymes, Teochew Puppet Drama and other multicultural performances.

Penang tour, Chinese New Year, private tour

Date: 2 February 2019 (Sat)

Time: 5pm – 11pm

Venue: Auto City


Kek Lok Si Display of Lights

The annual event and one of the main attractions in Penang during Chinese New Year. Temple of Visitors and devotees from far and near will flock to more than 100 years old temple for its annual lighting display which showcases more than 10,000 lights, lanterns. It is believed this act of faith will bring them peace, luck and prosperity.

Penang tour, Chinese New Year, private tour, kek lok si

Date: 4-19 February 2019 (Sat)

Time: 5pm – 12am

Venue: Kek Lok Si Temple


Penang Chief Minister Chinese New Year Open House

Also considered the annual activities where it open for all the visitors, together with the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Chow Kon Yeow and other state exco for this celebration.

Penang tour, Chinese New Year, private tour

Date: 5 February 2019 (Tue)

Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Venue: SPICE Arena


Penang CNY Celebration 2019

Organized by Penang Chinese Clan Council, coordinated by Penang Cultural Inheritors Society, the event hopes to promote heritage and the arts of Chinese culture through street & on stage performances, exhibitions, games and workshops. The street event will take place at George Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site, number of ancestral temples and clan house will open their doors to showcase the rich Chinese culture. The theme for this year is “A Journey of Gratitude” with aims to give thanks to the ancestors for all their good deeds in contributing and protecting the locals over two centuries.

Penang tour, Chinese New Year, private tour

Date: 9 February 2019 (Sat)

Time: 4pm – 11pm

Venue: George Town


Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2019

Something different from CNY celebration? How about an opportunity to view the Penang city from the top of the Polo ground? The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is here to fulfil your wish. The 2 days festival will show case numerous hot air balloons by international and local balloonists, also have family friendly activities, fireworks and opportunity to sit on the hot air balloon and goes up to the sky.

 Penang tour, Chinese New Year, private tour

Date: 9-10 February 2019 (Sat-Sun)

Time: 7am – 9pm

Venue: Padang Polo


7th Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple CNY Culture Celebration 2019

Another great event fall on Saturday, this special prayer is also conducted to commemorate the birthday of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong Deity of the temple. The ceremony is an annual event that attracts dedicated devotees not only from Penang but neighboring countries like Indonesia and Thailand to this famous Snake Temple which was formerly known as Ban Ka Lan in Hokkien. The main highlight for this event is the "Fire Watching" ceremony is a traditional ceremony to predict the economy outlook of Penang.

Penang Tour, Private tour, Chinese New Year, Snake Temple,

Date: 9 February 2019 (Sat)

Time: 6pm – 12am

Venue: Snake Temple


Hokkien New Year Celebrations

Fall on eve of the 9th day of Chinese New Year, also known as Hokkien New Year or “Ti Kong Seh” in Hokkien (Jade Emperor birthday). The locals will celebrate on a grand scale mainly by the Hokkien clan to commemorate their ancestors escape from ruthless army in ancient China. Activities and other preparations start as early as 7pm while prayers will start at 11pm with offerings of food, fruits, liquor and sugarcane stalks to the Jade Emperor God. Mass celebrations can be seen at Clan Jetties, Weld Quay Penang.

Penang tour, private tour, Chinese New Year, Chew Jetty

Date: 12 February 2019 (Tue)

Time: 7pm till midnight

Venue: Clan Jetties


Penang Celebrates: Chap Goh Meh with a Bang

Ended the Chinese New Year celebrations with a Bang! Also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, Chap Goh Meh (mean night of 15th day of Chinese New Year) event will have at Penang Esplanade with lot of activities such as cultural shows games and food selling to the visitors. Main highlight will be Mandarin Tossing Ceremony, to encourage young unmarries ladies throwing mandarin orange into the sea with their names and phone numbers (well, you bet!), in search blessing of a companion. Don’t forget to stay back until a breathtaking fireworks display!

Penang tour, private tour, Chap Goh Meh, Chinese New Year

Date: 19 February 2019 (Tue)

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Venue: Penang Esplanade


Being a tourist to visit Penang during this period, I would recommend to hire a local driver / guide in as part of the Penang tour. In this Penang private tour, discover Penang and immerse yourself in this festive season with me and witness some of the city's highlights, feel free to contact me as the link given and I am more than happy to assist you.

Created at January 31 at 12:53 AM