Nine Emperor Gods Festival 九皇爷诞 2013
The Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Ampang, and many other temples in the region will begin the 9 days celebration starting tomorrow.
Normally, the devotees would expect rain during this festival.
It is sunny day today in Kuala Lumpur. When I passed by a stall selling fried Cempedak, the owner said the fruit look even prettier if she cut open the fruit to show me, but the hot weather will dry up the juicy fruit in no time. I did order some fried Cempedak on my way home, the taste? Scoring 3 on a scale of 10. I have eaten better Cempedak.
I left the temple after the parade went to the nearby river bank to welcome the Nine Emperor Gods to the temple.
If you are press member and wearing all white uniform, you can get a special tag to go along to witness the reception of the Nine Gods from the river.
I spent more time inside the temple to witness the preparation and the whole ceremony.
I reached the temple before 6pm. The stores started to open and to anticipate the big crowd tonight.
I am outstation tomorrow and have other event this weekend, so I will miss the opera show in front the temple.
I have covered the typical views of the temple compound in 2012 articles.
I would try to look for some new point of views and subject this evening.
I ended up staying inside the temple for 2 hours.
The carriage in the store room were ready for the reception ceremony tonight.
Throughout the day, local communities, temples and organizations are sending lions, dragon and drummers to pay tribute to the Nine Emperor Gods.
By ~6:30pm, 20+ groups haven been declined to enter the inner hall of the temples to avoid congestion. Last year, there was unhappy event of groups fighting while queuing up. The injured young man has over 10+ stitches in the hospital.
The visiting groups would perform their best stunt.
Soon, no more visitors were allowed to perform prayer inside the temple because the main ceremony is about to begin.
The carriages have to be carried in swaying motion to signify the gods are happy.
The team was about to be ready to set out the long parade to the river and back to the temple before mid night.
For the next 9 days, you may visit any Nine Emperor Gods Temple at your town, and they will be performing different ceremony on each day. The highlight will be fire-walking in few large temples in Malaysia.
Did you see the ‘lucky’ number’ on the tortoise bun? See if you are lucky this week.