CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH MACMA
On 8 February, the sixth day of the Lunar New Year, HARMONICO hosted a Chinese New Year Open House at Penang Harmony Centre, in collaboration with the Penang Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA) and Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department.
TAOISM DAY CELEBRATION
The Taoism Day Exhibition was organised by HARMONICO and AngKongKeng, spanning 4 days—from 17 to 20 March—at the Penang Harmony Centre.
17 March happened to be the fifteenth day of the second lunar month, which is Lao Tzu’s birthday, otherwise known as Taoism Day. This was the first Taoism Exhibition in Penang, and even in Malaysia, that was held to celebrate Taoism Day!
Vaisakhi is the celebration of the Punjabi New Year and commemorates the birth of Khalsa. It is celebrated either on the 13th or 14th of April every year. To celebrate, Sikhs come together in the Gurdwara to pray, recite Guru Granth Sahib, change the Nishan Sahib (a flag with the Sikh insignia), sing the holy hymn, prepare meals, and eat together.
WESAK CELEBRATION WITH YBAM
On 23 May, the “Harmony Community” Concert Wesak Day 2022 was staged by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia Penang State Liaison committee (YBAM PGSLC) and officiated by Y.A.B Chow Kon Yeow and YB Chong Eng. It was a successful production, with the lively performance being enjoyed by an estimated audience of 200.
On 2 October, with the “Festival of Light” around the corner, Deepavali prayer items, basic home groceries, and materials to make Deepavali snacks worth RM200 were presented to 30 less-privileged families, whereas 4 children’s homes each received basic groceries and necessities worth RM500. This was made possible due to generous contributions from sponsors as well as the distributing efforts of both organising parties.
On 5 October, the auspicious day of Vijaya Dasami in accordance with the tenth and final day of Navarathiri, YB Chong Eng along with HARMONICO distributed school supplies, worth a total of RM10,000, to 100 B40 primary school students from all religious backgrounds.
This event was held in collaboration with the Christian Federation of Malaysia (Penang) and saw 13 entertaining performances by local churches and performing artists, more than 50 vendors for the food trucks and Christmas Market, as well as the dazzling display of the Lights Up Decoration at Speakers’ Square. Taking place around Padang Kota Lama, the celebration was lively, receiving more than 3,000 attendees across the 5-hour period.