|Written by Administrator III|
|Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:32|
Chingay which derived from China is a specialty of Penang. The spectacular flag carrying and balancing feat in the well-known Chingay procession was confined to the celebration of birthday of deities, but Penang had gradually converted its significance to tourism.
The first chingay procession in Penang was held by Market Traders and other Chinese communities in the city, who carried the idol of the Goddess of Mercy and 40-feet Chingay flags and rounded George Town in order to eliminate the 'plague' which occurred then.
However as years went by, the Chingay procession had changed from its original purpose to the promotion of tourism. In 1966, the then City Council of George Town organised the Festival of Penang to promote tourism. This time, the Chingay procession not only consisted of Chingay flags, but also Lion Dance and Dragon Dance as well.
Size of a triangular flag: at least 25' - 15' mounted on a 40-feet long pole.
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