Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 2)
How ‘hot’ is Chingay in Johor Bahru?
Two of the hot spots are the VIP grandstand along Jalan Wong Ah Fook (opposite of Central and the temporary shrine.
The participants, devotees and tourists (like us) walked 10KM round circuit from the temporary shrine to towards city center.
These flags were carried by young girls, and this has been a century old tradition.
We walked on foot from our hotel to the temporary shrine.
It took us 45 minutes but we saw many interesting decoration, floats and shop owners displaying offering in front of the shop awaiting the parade to pause (and to bless their shops).
All the parade participants have to pay tribute to the 5 deities at the temporary shrine, and depart together for the grand march.
Every troop stopped by the shrine at the foot hill (红地府).
We stood there for a while to see few groups of participants in close distance.
There were many food stalls on the way up a gentle slope towards the temporary shrine (about 100m). I will make another post about foods sampling.
I would like to share a few images of the decorations on passing-by floats.
The floats procession and the participants were very colourful.
To the Chinese in Johor Bahru, Chinese New Year does not end on 15th but on 21st.
Therefore we can see a lot of the Chinese New Year elements in JB Changay.
I reserve another post for the variety of dragons and lions appearing in the parade.
Horses were also a commonly seen element in Chingay 2014.