9th Day of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2012
Tonight was the last night of 2012 celebration of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Tomorrow with the closing day.
The weather was surprisingly good this evening. Everyone expected another raining day but it turned out to be calm and clear sky.
If it rained, it could dampen the display of fire walk.
One of the interesting practice by the devotees was to collect the red hot charcoals, and to bring them home as a blessed souvenir.
Another visitor joked with me that the folklore was a good way to clean up the pile of charcoal in matter of hours.
I met a few Indian devotees who prayed inside the temple. One family did not bring the metal container, and they used paper cardboard. The glowing coals were slowing burning through the paper, so the guy put some sand to ‘cool’ down the charcoals.
It was interesting to see different creative style to collect the burning charcoals.
The temple in Ampang (Kuala Lumpur) and many similar temples around the countries will be crowded with devotees, and filled with ‘holy smoke’.
While I am sleeping soundly afterwards, many devotees continue to visit the temple through the night. Many stalls were setup along the lanes nearby the temple. The atmosphere felt like carnival marketplace.
I hope everyone get enough sleep for work on the next day.