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.