On the Eve of Nine Emperor Gods Festival 九皇大帝遊行

The parade started on 7:20pm and it is still continue as I am posting this article.

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More than 30+ associations/groups, and thousand of devotees were joining the parade from Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple (安邦南天宮九皇爺廟) to Taman Rimba Ampang (多情河), 11km away.

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We left the temple before 8pm, so we did not witness the reception and the return of the Nine Emperor Gods.

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Many local organizers participated with dragon and lion dances. The more interesting characters would be the 电音三太子.

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The weather has been very cooperating because thunder cloud had been building since the afternoon. Without exception, it always rain during the festival (coincide with the raining season).

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The main chamber of the temple hall was reserved for the preparation, thus visitors and casual devotees were not allowed to enter. Those devotees who participated in the event has to undergo vegetarian diet.

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The devotees were swinging the carriage when the parade made their way to the riverbank to invite the Nine Emperor Gods.

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The temple vicinity and Ampang town were congested with devotees. Music started to sound in my ears ‘smoke gets in your eyes’ while tears were gushing out from my eyes.

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If time and weather permit, I will visit this festival again on its last day (9th day) to witness the fire walk.  I wish the devotees have a peaceful and rewarding festive celebration for the next 9 days.

While some Chinese celebrating the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Hindus friends are also celebrating the Navarathiri festival for the same duration, 9 days.

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12 thoughts on “On the Eve of Nine Emperor Gods Festival 九皇大帝遊行

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Bro would you mind to share more photo with me cos on the nite im 1 of the lion dance group and forgot to take photo due to busy to perform.?

    • Hi Anonymous, sure. I am not sure if I happened to take some photos of your group. Feel free to share, especially if you were in the picture. Wish you have a good celebration. cheers.

    • hi Alex,
      I have browsed through my library and I am sorry to inform you that I did not have the opportunity to meet your team. I could be elsewhere in the temple compound during your visit. Do try to check with other sites, definitely someone could have taken the pictures of the visit by Magnum / Gintell. Cheers.

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