【#Foreword of Penang CNY Celebration 2018】
There is a spirit still being held on, there is a gathering still being organised fantastically among the local communities, and this is our annual Penang CNY Celebration, symbolising a gathering of the folks.
Reminiscing the past, under the advocation of Dato Seri Yeap Leong Huat and the late Mr Cheah Chee Wah, Penang CNY Celebration started to be organised by the folks since 1999, emerging as a much-anticipated grandiose event by Penangites in this land. In the past, the organisation and preparation of Penang CNY Celebration was not an easy one with many obstacles and challenges hindering us from moving forward, we even nearly halted the plan to organise Penang CNY Celebration in 2018. However, realising that time was running out, without depending on any parties, with the ultimate goal to purely inherit Chinese culture as well as with the support and encouragement by the folks, Penang CNY Celebration 2018 which was planned merely by the Penangites was organised successfully this year! When we were together with the folks, despite having limited resources, forcing to face rumours, slanders and accusations by others, all the committee members managed to move forward with the objectives of the first Penang CNY Celebration from the bottom of the hearts. We strive to achieve our dream courageously, gathering the strength of every folk, trying our utmost to inherit the traditional culture which is gradually moving away from us!
From the hardship of having nothing at all in the first place, we grow to have until around 500 volunteers, 60 cultural organisations from outside The Heritage Precinct of Georgetown, around 80 performing units performing voluntarily, 180 vendors setting up booths and 300 thousand general public joining us today. Looking back at the past 60 days, we lived our lives every day amid tears and laughter. The reality implied that, despite facing emotional controversy and overbearing haughtiness, as long as we are not afraid of power and are willing to step forward, we will be able to continue creating historical memories for the future generations.