Monday, October 06, 2008

Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Recently I have been seeing the Nine Emperor Gods been transported from area to area. I wondered it is because I have the fate to see it or am I very lucky? It was a very cool sight to see it. Each Emperor God was placed in a sedan and transported with a big and long lorry. In each lorry, the Emperor God will be accompanied with around 15-25 people. Other than the nine lorries moving together, it will also be acompanied with one car in the front; with the Nine Emperor Gods flag placed at the front of the car and three Traffic Police; one at the front and two at the back.

This whole happening is so cool to watch. Yesterday I happened to see it again. What's cool was that the two traffic police at the back will stop when they met a junction to stop cars from moving and allow the long row of Nine Emperor Gods lorries to move first. My mum said that other races might think that like the Nine Emperor Gods were very big that it need Traffic Police and also to let the Gods move first.

Actually we did also let the Malays have their own ways and we respected them. On every Friday, many Malay men will be going to Mosque for prayers. They would park their cars everywhere around their Mosque. Some cars would block the way of buses at the nearby busstop. Some even created traffic jam. Other than that, the motorcycles parked at the walkway also blocked the passageway of the passerby. But after so many years, everyone got used to it and see no use banning things like this to happen.

Enough of my own opinions now. Now I shall introduce you to this festival.

This festival is a Chinese festival to celebrate the return from heaven to earth of the Nine Emperor spirits. The festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. The Nine Emperor Gods are part of a spirit-medium cult known locally as Jieu Hwang Yeh. A carnival-like atmosphere pervades the temple throughout the nine-day festival. It is believed that there will be rain throughout the nine days of celebration.

On the eve of the ninth moon, temples of the deities hold a ceremony to invoke and welcome the nine emperors. Since the arrival of the gods are believed to be through the waterways, processions are held from temples to the sea-shore or river to symbolize this belief. The ninth day of the festival is its climax. A procession which draws scores of devotees send the deities back home - a waterway such as river or sea.

No photos taken and pictures found in net because it is believed to be disrespectful to take photos of them. :)

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