The Penang International Food Festival is a 16-days event celebrating the diversity of Penang food, ranging from popular local hawkers street food to ‘fringe’ food festival featuring cafes, food trucks and so on. The festival starts from 15th to 30th April.
For more info, please refer to its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penanginternationalfoodfestival/.
During Chinese New Year, the Kek Lok Si temple complex in Penang will be brightened with lanterns and decorative lighting for almost a month, making it a dazzling spectacle at night.
The Penang George Town Festival that ended recently is a month-long celebration of arts and cultural performance which is held annually (normally during mid-year, July to August period). Every year, the event attracts thousands of visitors and many art performers from around the world, quickly becoming one of Asia’s must see events. The George Town Festival was launched in 2010 as a recognition of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today marks the birthday of the Jade Emperor deity.
During the Chinese New Year’s 15-days period in Penang, the celebration for the birthday of the Jade Emperor will fall on the 9th lunar day of Chinese New Year. This day is particularly celebrated a lot by the Hokkien community in Penang and is also commonly referred to as the Hokkien New Year. There will be lots of prayers, food offerings and various festivities held for the Jade Emperor on this day. Two popular areas in Penang where this day is celebrated are the Jade Emperor Pavilion temple at Ayer Itam and the Clan Jetties area at Weld Quay, George Town.
On September 19, the Penang Institute with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) as sponsor, is organizing the first Park(ing) Day in Malaysia at the World Heritage Site of George Town.
This Park(ing) Day event is created to temporarily converts street parking spaces into miniature parks, as part of an effort to raise awareness regarding public space creation and improvement in the urban environment. There are prizes to be won for participants who took part in the event. It was found that the first Park(ing) Day was created in San Francisco back in 2005, as a mean to create civic awareness on urban amenities.
For more info, please go to the Facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/mygeorgetown.my.