Floating Chariot Procession
A truly unique festival and a spectacular sight to behold, the Floating Chariot Procession originated in India and was transplanted to Malaysia by Indian migrants. The procession is a celebration whereby a ...
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Known as Ammah, the goddess protects the villages and fishermen of Teluk Bahang and inspires thousands to journey every year to witness her fantastic voyage.
Countless lights, lanterns and torches from the vessel illuminate the surroundings and provide a spiritual glow to the festivities. Devotees either construct their own floating lanterns to accompany the goddess, or purchase them from makeshift stalls set up around the beach. The entire beach of Teluk Bahang adopts a carnivalesque mood, as the air is flooded with the sights and sounds of a Penang night market: food, trinkets and religious icons can all be purchased by the curious visitor.
Thousands of tiny lights given off by the homemade lanterns dot the rolling waves, while hymns are sung to accompany the goddess as she begins her voyage - Penang's Chariot Procession is one of the few in the world in which the goddess' chariot is actually carried out to sea by boat, rather than simply being set adrift on the waves. The crowd cheers as the goddess rides her chariot out to the horizon, ensuring peace and prosperity for the people of Teluk Bahang for another year.