Date: 7 February 2020
Thaipusam will be celebrated on Saturday, but the two chariot processions will take place on Friday and Sunday.
On Saturday evening, the state government will host a Chap Goh Meh celebration at the Esplanade padang in Jalan Kota Lama from 5pm to 11pm. More than 10,000 spectators are expected to turn up
Road closures will begin a day earlier, at 6am on Friday for the processions of the Silver Chariot and Gold Chariot from their respective temples in Queen Street and Penang Street until the Waterfall temple in Jalan Air Terjun.
‘’The Gold Chariot will begin its journey at 6am, and the Silver Chariot at 7am, both involving an outgoing journey of 6.6 kilometres, which is expected to take over 12 hours,’’ he said.
The two chariots would pass through Queen Street, Chulia Street, Chulia Street Ghaut, Victoria Street, Pragin Street Ghaut, Jalan C.Y Choy, Magazine Road, Jalan Datuk Keramat, Lorong Baru, Jalan Utama and Jalan Air Terjun.
On Saturday, several roads would be closed for the state Chap Goh Meh celebration: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah and Jalan Padang Kota Lama junction until the Clocktower Roundabout from 5 pm until the event ends; Jalan Padang Kota would be closed fully from midnight on Feb 8,” he said.
The return chariot processions will take place on Sunday (Feb 9) and would pass through 29 main roads commencing from the temple in Jalan Air Terjun and ending at Queen Street and Penang Street.
Among the roads involved were Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Cantonment, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Anson, Jalan Burma, Jalan Transfer, Jalan Sri Bahari, Penang Road, Chulia Street, China Street, Market Street and Beach Street.