Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 1)
We arrived in Johor Bahru in time for the grand parade.
in year 2012, this annual festival has been gazetted as Malaysia National Heritage.
We were joining 50,000 locals and visitors to celebrate Chingay in JB on the 21st day of Chinese New Year.
It was worth the long drive from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru to attend this colourful and explosive festival.
Johor Bahru Chingay is like the Chinese version of Thaipusam at Batu Caves.
It was originally celebrated by the 5 dialect groups, but now many foreigners and participants from overseas are joining this unique festival.
If you watched the Malaysian Chinese movie “The Journey 一路有你”, there was a scene about Johor Bahru Chingay.
The crew led by the director was joining this year’s parade as a promotion to the successful movie (it broke the record as the highest box office for Malaysian Chinese movie).
Other local celebrities were participating the extravaganza too.
Everyone, the people and the deities were having a good time parading around JB town.
We completed the 10KM circuit and glad to see many deities, lions, dragons and other characters.
Every participant gave their best performance throughout the parade.
Some kids would carry interesting memory for a long time.
The crowd and the poor lighting pose some challenges to photography.
The deities were parading behind the floats (or vehicles) with strong sport lights beaming on them.
We spent more time squeezing our way through the crowd than taking photos.