Tuesday, January 4, 2011

‘Old’ Penang look during CNY 2011

A street in the heritage area in George Town will be transformed with old furniture, old settings and people wearing clothes of olden days to make it look like a street from Old Penang.

The transformation of the street, called ‘Time Tunnel to Old Penang’ is part of the activities planned for the state-level Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration on Feb 12 which will see streets in the heritage area abuzz with various activities and games.

The streets that are involved are Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Ah Quee Street, Chulia Street, Acheh Street, Carnavon Street, Kampung Kolam, Soo Hong Lane and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Jointly organised by the state government, Penang Chinese Clan Council and Clan Associations Youth Committee, the 2011 Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration will be held from 3pm to midnight.

Event organising chairman Ang Yee Shyuan said those who wished to buy anything on the ‘Old Penang’ street, which had not been identified yet, would have to use old currency which they have to change first.

She said there would also be many other activities and games suitable for children and adults.

“We have divided our programmes into five areas, namely Bai Fu (good fortune), Bai Lu (emolument and career), Bai Shou (longevity), Bai Xi (jubilant) and Bai De (morality).

“Since it will be the Year of the Rabbit, mascots of the animal will join a parade. There will also be hawker stalls selling local delights,” she told a press confe-rence at Komtar yesterday.

There will also be an exhibition of different species of live rabbits.

Ang said the committee had yet to come up with names for two mascots, adding that the public could propose ideas by emailing to penang.cny2011@gmail.com.

State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said 100,000 people were expected to attend the event which involved 80 clan associations, non-governmental organisations and schools.

Hmm, back to the golden days? Sounds interesting for the young generations...perhaps everyone should pay a visit there?...


HL said...

Wow .. sounds interesting to me :p ley's pay a visit by riding motor, else it will super duper jam

Anonymous said...

Great...I can take my relatives from abroad to visit. To avoid super jam, please provide shuttle service at strategic locations.