DESPITE the scorching heat, droves of people went to Buddhist temples to give offerings to Lord Buddha on Wesak Day recently.
GEORGE TOWN: It was a carnival-like day on the island as thousands hit the streets, placing coloured flags all over the island.
Temples were decorated to the T with lanterns and lotus-shaped candles.
Wat Chayamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist temples at Lorong Burma were equally packed with people.
Many had parked their cars quite a distance away to walk to the temple.
Than Hsiang Buddhist Temple in Bayan Baru, Kek Lok See Temple in Air Itam, Kuan Yin Temple in Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, and Wat Pin Bang On Thai Temple in Jalan Masjid Negeri also drew large crowds.
The Penang Buddhist Association in Jalan Anson saw thousands of people thronging its grounds.
On display at its grounds was the association's float, which was decorated with a variety of flowers and lights.
The float carried a white statue of Buddha and a young Buddha with both statues having streams of water flowing down their heads.
Devotees gathered around the float offering flowers and joss sticks as monks chanted sutras before the opening ceremony of the celebration.
The offerings included vegetarian food, candles and flowers that were given to the monks.
The float later left to join over 40 other floats at the Malaysian Buddhist Association building in Jalan Burma.
From there, the floats went through Jalan Pangkor, Jalan Kelawai, Lorong Burma, Jalan Perak, Lebuhraya Peel and Jalan Macalister before returning through Jalan Perak, Jalan Anson, Jalan Macalister and Lorong Madras.