14-23 Oct: Nine Emperor Gods Festival, various places around Penang


Nine Emperor Gods Festival – Rumah Berhala Tow Boo Kong Butterworth

Venue: Tow Boo Kong
Address: Lot 894 & 896, MK 14, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth, Penang
Contact: 04-3318717
Web site: www.towbookong.org.my
email: towbookong@gmail.com

Date: 14th Oct to 23rd Oct 2012

Every year, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is held for 9 days, from 1st day to the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. This is when the spirits of the Nine Emperor Gods which are believed to dwell in the stars, descend to earth and posses the spirit mediums, putting them in a trance. During the Nine Emperor Gods Fstival, many devotees will go on a vegetarian diet. Stalls are set up to sell vegetarian food, vegetarian cakes and goodies. An opera show will also be performed as a mark of respect to the Gods.

During these 9 days, you will be able to witness a variety of events like the Spear Skewing Ceremony, the Making of the Herbal Medicine and the Fire Walking Ceremony. These reituals are spectacular, extraordinary but yet challenging.

Festival Events:
Festival Eve: 14th Oct 2012 – 7pm – Ceremony to invoke and welcoming procession of Nine Emperor Gods at Pantai Bersih Beach
1st Day – Deity Lam Sin Birthday Celebration
3rd Day – Deity Pak Tao Birthday Celebration & Playing with Hot Oil Ceremony
5th Day – Spear Skewing Ceremony & Float Procession
6th Day – Selection of New urn Trustee (Lor Chu)
7th Day – Fire Walking Ceremony
8th Day – Fort Crossing Ceremony
9th Day – Deity Dou Mu Birthday Celebration & Sending Off Ceremony — with Kl Chan.

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