Got up early to catch my flight back to Penang last weekend. It was my first time trying out the Berjaya Airlines from Skypark; another carrier which is opening up more route around Peninsular Malaysia. Aside from this airlines, there is also Firefly Airlines and those private jets or helicopters using this airport.
The shops in the airport were still close when I checked in as it was still very early.
Information and taxi counter.
.. they even decorated the place for the Chinese New Year
Departure hall. Catching the glimpse of one of the aircraft; ATR72-500
This airport cater mostly for internal flight although there also some flights to Singapore or Medan.
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For this post, it will be my final part on the celebration of Thaipusam in Penang. A matter of fact, in Malaysia, Thaipusam is also celebrated in a big scale in Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur aside from Penang.
More pictures from the celebration….
Smashed coconuts on the road by the devotees..
You can also see that it is not only the Indians that come to pray to Lord Murugan but also the Chinese community too.
After smashing the coconuts, the town council people will be ready to quickly clean up the smashed coconuts aside so that the chariots can go through.
This is the silver chariot that is carrying Lord Murugan ….
So, the next time if you are down in Malaysia during these period, do come and join and watch this celebration. You will be marveled by it. =)
Devotees offering to Lord Murugan gifts ranging from just simple offerings of milk and flower garlands. Coconuts seen also given as offerings where later the devotees will smash it on the road before the chariot arrives.
Offering such as flowers, fruits and coconuts offered to Lord Murugan
One of the refreshment stalls set up all the chariot route for the devotees.
Piles of coconuts in the middle of the road. Devotees waiting for the chariot to arrive.
A group of devotee carrying milk garland on their heads.
Devotees waiting patiently for the chariot to arrive.
Today’s the eve of Thaipusam and I was fortunate to witnessed this celebration here in Penang and to see the silver chariot carrying Lord Murugan from the Kovil Veedu(House Temple) on Penang Street, Georgetown to Arulmigu Sri Balathandayuthapani Temple (Hilltop) along Jalan Waterfall.
Here are some of the photos I managed to capture…..
Offerings to Lord Murugan..
Devotees carrying the Kavadi..
.. a relative helping to cool down the devotee carrying the kavadi by wiping his face with a wet towel. Usually during this time of the year.. it is hot and they walk bare foot the whole route on the bitumen road.
Tai O is a slow moving pace as compared to the city. It is very scenic and peaceful. A nice slow walk on the jetty. People renting bicycles to cycle there too. It will be really fun and cycle and enjoy the view on the bicycle. Of course you can walk like what I did. =)
More views of the stilts houses…..
These are actually houses. They even have a house number painted on it.
They are making and drying the prawn paste.
At the end one of the street lead to the Tai O Heritage Hotel. It was previously a police station built on the small hill next to Tai O Ferry Pier, to reinforce the police forces on Lantau Island but ceased operation in 1996 and operated till 2002 as a functioned a patrol post due to the decline in crime rate. In 2009, it was restored as a 9 room boutique hotel.