Yet, at least.
Gurney Plaza Christmas ferris wheel – before the hordes descend
It usually rains from Friday night, and continuing through parts of Saturday and Sunday. This is the pattern for at least 80% of weekends. Weekdays are much more likely to be fine. So what do people do when it rains on the weekend? They go to the malls. But as we approach Christmas, the malls have plenty of attractions for children anyway, so rain is not necessary to persuade them to go. Perhaps that’s why we’ve had a sunny morning.
There was a lunch at the Burmese Temple
In the late afternoon / evening is the parade
Tomorrow, Wednesday is Wesak Day, so there will be a parade in the evening in Penang.
A few photos from last year:
Now is a good time to go to Songkran in Penang. In Lorong Burma, off Jalan Kelawei – on the way to Gurney Plaza.
It’s very very quiet this year. About 1 / 20th the normal number of people. Usually it’s already chaos by 8.30am, but I took these photos at around 11.00.
I asked the fountain of all (local) knowledge, one of my neighbours. Today was Thai Songkran. But the Burmese celebrate on the weekend, so Sunday is the big day.
It’s New Year. I love this time of year. It’s very quiet – you can actually cross the roads on foot. And the air seemed different walking around at about 8AM this morning. It seemed like the weather was changing. The wind was different. Not that I’m predicting anything, as it’s not a forte of mine. At other times during Chinese New Year the roads are packed as everyone goes out by car at the same time. But at least the first morning is quiet. I tracked down a lion dance – I love these.
A few Chinese New Year decorations…