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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

9th day of Chinese New Year

Do you know that for Hokkien, 9th day of Chinese New Year is a big festival for them? Bigger than the first day, and even bigger than Chap Goh Mei (Chap Goh means 15). I’m lucky because I have a lot of Chinese friends (to be honest, my Chinese friends are more than Malay friends if you look in my friends list –- maybe because I live in Penang? ;))

I went to Weld Quay (near jetty) to see with my own eyes how they celebrate this great festival. Luckily, my Chinese friend was very helpful. He explained to me everything that I saw without asking including its history. Also, thanks for the best hospitality given by him and his family when I was at his house and his brother’s house. How lucky am I? :)

I got this from Wikipedia:

The ninth day of the New Year is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven (天宮) in the Taoist Pantheon. The ninth day is traditionally the birthday of the Jade Emperor. This day is especially important to Hokkiens. Come midnight of the eighth day of the new year, Hokkiens will offer thanks giving prayers to the Emperor of Heaven. Offerings will include sugarcane as it was the sugarcane that had protected the Hokkiens from certain extermination generations ago. Incense, tea, fruit, vegetarian food or roast pig, and paper gold is served as a customary protocol for paying respect to an honored person.

Got it? :)

So, now… enjoy the pictures ya.

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29 comments:

  1. What are those things in the plastic container? (the one under the picture of the sandals)

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  2. Wow! You have more Chinese friends than Malay friends? Count me in as another of your Chinese friends but from KL : )

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  3. love the cute terompah...my chinese friends lives faraway from me..sob sob..always remembered when we go out together after work in JB...lots of sweet memories...

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  4. keith1:57 PM

    From the photos, the Chinese new Year decoration in the house is really nice and attractive!!
    Hope that next year i will do the same in my house :)

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  5. Looks like a very nice fun celebration! I never attend all this nor seen any! haha! I think I am not fully chinese :P.

    Love the shots, Faisal. So will you be joining your friends to throw oranges into the river? :P

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  6. terra - haha it's chocolate :)

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  7. foong - hehe sure! :)

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  8. kniedaz - we can learn many things from them right? such as their culture, foods, religion and many more :)

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  9. keith - you must! next year, i go snap at your house ok?

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  10. keith2:13 PM

    Sure. You are most welcome:)

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  11. keith - i should learn more.

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  12. ladyviral - hehe yes! i will snap the event! :)

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  13. wow...meriah gile..nice huh..
    this year i x smpat jumpe my chinese fren..just wishing them on facebook aje..means-no angpau =(

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  14. yeah u right...lots of things we can learn frm them..^_^

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  15. Whoaaa!!! Meriah betul la!!! I loves all the photos so much! It's so... Hmmm, red?! i wish I'm there to join you guys *wink* And of course, to kidnap the Terompah Chummel!!!

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  16. nice! eh, u dah beli DSLR eh?

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  17. hana - haha hana, part ang pao tu paling sedih kan? :)

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  18. kniedaz - hehe especially on how to gain wealth :P

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  19. doll - terompah dekat rumah abang keith haha! best tau... tourist pun ramai.

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  20. cahaya - hehe yep. tu ler, lama tak singgah :P

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  21. i tot the celebration here is big... looks like penang is much bigger eh?

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  22. Awesome! Lots of beautiful deco bro. War...you are so lucky to chance upon all these.

    And the fireworks. :D

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  23. Terompah beso kat umah I pon ade, nak yang comel. Eh, now I remember - I pon ada terompah chummel cam tu but fridge magnet from Jonker Street. Nanti nak ambil gambar la. Kalau gi Jonker Street, leh cari sepasang dua buat souvenir kat Faisal & Keith. Insya-Allah =)

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  24. zewt - the 9th day suppose celebrated by hokkien? :)

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  25. tekkaus - hehe yes, i'm very lucky :)

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  26. doll - hehe tak sabar nak gi melaka! :D

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  27. cny kt penang mmg meriah sambutannya kan (^_^)

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  28. hmm hari yg ke-9 ni hanya hokkien je sambut. so, kl tak meriah sangat kot.

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