official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

1. dancers dressed as Awang and Mek for the official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival 2015

Launched by the Terengganu State Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture Dato’ Mohd Jidin Shafee, the second Terengganu Peranakan Festival kicked off to a colourful start in Kampung Cina or Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

2. pretty lasses dressed up in intricate kebaya traditional costumes

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

3. Terengganu State ExCo for Tourism and Culture Dato' Mohd Jidin Shafee (in red) admires the skills of a chingay performer

Riding on the success and popularity of the festival gained from the inaugural event last year, this edition is bigger and better with three times the number of street stalls, increasing from thirty to ninety.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

4. double lion dance blesses the occasion with good sayings

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

5. the lions pay respect to Terengganu State ExCo for Tourism and Culture Dato' Mohd Jidin Shafee (in red)

This five-day event which will run until June 10, will be a Peranakan cultural extravaganza where visitors can get to see and experience for themselves the rich heritage of this particular community in Terengganu.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

6. 24-season drums performed by students of SRJK (C) Chong Hwa Wakaf Tapai, Kuala Terengganu

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

7. Terengganu State ExCo for Tourism and Culture Dato' Mohd Jidin Shafee (in red) hits the gong three times along with other distinguished guests to officially launch the 2015 Terengganu Peranakan Festival

It is believed that the Peranakan settlement in Terengganu is the first in then Malaya, beginning from the 9th century with the arrival of the earliest Chinese people, even earlier than those of Penang and Malacca. It is based on history that Admiral Cheng Ho was in transit here before heading to Malacca.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

8. some of the Miss Kebaya pageant contestants showcase items found in a typical Terengganu Peranakan household and their significance

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

9. presentation of a Terengganu Peranakan love song where the female singer is sky-lifted onto the stage

While many know that the Peranakan in Malacca is addressed as Baba for men and Nyonya for women, the equivalent in Terengganu is Awang and Mek respectively.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

10. a duet on Peranakan love song

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

11. a multi-cultural Malaysian dance

However, unlike those communities in Penang and Malacca, Awangs and Meks do not necessarily mean that they have married locals. It could just mean that they have adopted the local lifestyle, including language and food, although they have retained their Chinese culture and religion.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

12. a multi-cultural Malaysian dance

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

13. a multi-cultural Malaysian dance

Those who are familiar with the kebaya traditional costume would notice the difference between those worn by Meks and Nyonyas. Costumes of Meks are known as “baju kebaya potong kot”. Meanwhile, the men also wear batik traditionally.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

14. presentation of Terengganu Peranakan dance

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

15. an impromptu song presentation by members of the Selangor Peranakan Association

This Terengganu Peranakan Festival has been included in the state’s Calendar of Events due to its high potential as a tourist attraction. As you can see, it is fully supported by the state government.

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

16. street performance of wushu

official launch of Terengganu Peranakan Festival

17. a local man and woman dressed up as a bridal couple

I attended this official launch as part of the delegation for the Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015, at the invitation of Gaya Travel Magazine and Tourism Terengganu.

Event: Official Launch of 2015 Terengganu Peranakan Festival
Venue: Kampung Cina (Chinatown), Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Date: 5th June, 2015
Time: 8.30pm

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