Hello, everyone! It’s January and that means it’s time to fill up your year with some exciting events. And because it’s the first month of 2020, there are so many new things that we can do! Here’s the list of fun events that are waiting for us. So get your calendar ready as we’re going to bring you some of the best events that you shouldn’t miss out this month!
1. Bank of Luck @Sunway Carnival Mall
Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Ni Ah! Yes, we’ve just stepped into the new year of 2020. But before you know, Chinese New Year is just around the corner. And this time Sunway Carnival is celebrating CNY with the Bank of Luck! From traditional fan painting to lion dance performances, you can feel the CNY vibe immediately.
Don’t forget to take pictures with the huge bottle gourd, which also means happiness and good luck in Chinese culture! Adding to the festive mood, there are sizzling happenings taking place throughout the campaign period such as the unique lion dance performances on 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 January from 5pm onwards as well as fan painting workshop starts at 2pm on 4 and 5 January. What’s more, God of Prosperity will also be doing his rounds in the mall to spread the “ong” or good luck vibes to every visitor that comes through our doors. So, come and catch him during weekends from 6pm onwards. Besides that, if you want to know more about your intuition or inner wisdom, get tarot reading for free on 11 and 18 January from 12pm onwards!
Apart from that, shoppers can anticipate for an auspicious calligraphy giveaway on 4, 5 and 18 January from 4pm onwards at Upper Ground Concourse when they spend RM88 in a single receipt. Sunway Carnival Mall will also be rewarding shoppers with an 3 | P a g e exclusive All-Season Prosperity Angpow when they spend more than RM288 (RM188 for HSBC Credit Cardholders) in two receipts and also Lucky Pouch when they spend more than RM388 (RM288 for HSBC Credit Cardholders) in two receipts. Terms and conditions apply and while stocks last.
That’s not all, festive goods to kick start the celebration are also available at the mall’s Lower Ground and Upper Ground Floor too such as dried and frozen seafood, dried barbecued pork slices (Bakkwa), festive cookies, gift hampers from brands like Bee Cheng Hiang, Oloiya, Jin Ye Ye, Mika, JDX, Lo Hong Ka, Hei Hwang, Seawind Trading and JMM. Remember to try out sugar-coated haws (bing tanghulu) and salted egg fish skin too!
Address: 3068, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang.
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2. Kek Lok Si Display of Light
Temple of Supreme Bliss in the Hokkien dialect, Kek Lok Si is one of our Penang’s famous landmarks. Attracting not only tourists from afar, but it’s also a heartwarming spot for us Penangite to visit. Especially during the Chinese New Year. Now Kek Lok Si Temple is back with its annual lighting display to illuminate the night sky of Air Itam. With thousands of light shining brightly, it’s nonetheless a spectacular sight to see.
Date: 19 January 2020 – 21 February 2020
Address: Air Itam
3. Penang International Container Art Festival
Penang is getting colourful with the mushrooming of vibrant street arts, but now it’s getting better. That’s because this year we’ve got a fun festival, Penang International Container Art Festival (PICAF)! Starting from December 2019, PICAF has featured international artists from Ukraine to Canada to prepare large scale artworks at various spots within Penang. It’s an ongoing event until May 2020, so watch out for some amazing artwork when you’re around these places.
Date: Until May 2020
Address: Prangin Mall (Georgetown), Karpal Singh Drive (Jelutong), Kampung Terang (Balik Pulau), Dataran Pemuda Merdeka (Butterworth), Aspen Vision City (Batu Kawan).
4. Queensbay Mall
Another must-go spot to see some beautiful Chinese New Year decorations is at Queensbay Mall! You know you won’t get disappointed with Queensbay because its design for almost every celebration is just so spot-on. This year, Queensbay Mall is going for a theme in one of the Chinese god, King of Dragons and it’s looking so fantastic. With fun colours blasting around, every corner is just so photo-worthy.
Address: Queensbay Mall, 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
5. Pongal Celebration
Pongal is a traditional Hindu Thanksgiving celebration that happens in the harvesting season. This year it’s happening on the 15th of January. Families gather at the temple to celebrate this festive day by boiling rice with sweet sugar. And then allowing it to overflow the pot on purpose. So hit up to some beautiful Hindu temples on this day to experience the Pongal Festival.
Date: 15 January 2020
Address: Hindu Temples (Sri Visalatchi Alayan Temple)
6. Penang Impressions
You know those Instagram photos that people pose in front of a drawing at an art gallery? Well, now you can do that too! And that’s because our well-known Malaysian artist Jansen Chow has curated a group exhibition of the works of 26 Malaysian artists. Lasting only until the 12th of January, don’t miss out on this chance to view some of the best artworks in Penang. Most importantly, it’s free!
Date: Until 12 January 2020
Address: (Gehrig Art Gallery – Coffee Atelier ) 47 – 55, Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
7. OBS Chinese New Year Run
Yes, you’ve heard it right! The OBS Chinese New Year Run is back this year on the 19th of January! This 5 km fun run is popular not only among locals but also tourists too! Because you’ll be running through historical spots in Georgetown. Not to mention, there’ll be lion dances, war drum performances and all sorts of amazing acts at the end of the run too. P.S. there’s also a lucky draw session to win a Perodua Axia.
Date: 19 January 2020
Address: Occupy Beach Street (No Car Day) 8-16, Beach St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang.
8. Viv Pastel Nagomi Art Workshop
For all Penang lang who wants to have some artsy time, we’ve found a great escape for you to enjoy a colourful evening. Viv Pastel Nagomi Art Workshop is a 3-hour workshop that teaches you how to create a beautiful finger painting artwork by using only your fingers and pastels! A simple yet therapeutic way to relieve your stress, it’s definitely a must-try in January.
Date: 12 January 2020
Address: Pentagon 5 Studio, 10-C-20, Precinct 10, Jalan Tanjung Tokong Tanjung Tokong, 10470 George Town.
9. Gurney Plaza
Ever dreamed of traveling through time? Well, now you can pay a visit to Gurney Plaza and have a fun experience as if you’ve traveled to the illuminating streets of Shanghai. Taking you back into the 1920s, you’ll be surprised by how many photo-worthy spots are hidden in each corner. From old Shanghai ding ding trams to a luxury boutique displaying traditional attires, it’s your top must-go place for January!
Address: 170, Gurney Dr, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang
10. The Death and Life of Hokkien
Living in the bustling city of Penang, we often take our traditional dialect of Hokkien for granted. But sadly, this language is facing the threat of going extinct. The Death and Life of Hokkien is an exhibition about Hokkien and why it’s going endangered. Don’t miss out on this chance because you’ll get to see old manuscripts written in Southern Chinese languages for the first time in Malaysia.
Date: Until 9 February 2020
Address: (Cheah Kongsi) 8, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Bonus: Gurney Paragon Mall
Welcome to the CNY village filled with blooming flowers, hanging lanterns and chirping birds that signaled the arrival of Spring – Gurney Paragon Mall.
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