Today is the first day of the 9-day Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
We made a day trip back to hometown for lunch, and passing Ipoh town. I made a short detour to Tow Boo Keong Temple (怡保斗母宫) where the largest celebration of this festival takes place around Ipoh region.
I decided to show Christine the Red Tortoise Buns made for this festival. There are few stores making the buns on location. So devotees can buy steamed bun (ready to eat) or cold one (for prayer).
I bought the red tortoise bun (Ang Mi Ku, or Hong Guai) that made with coconut liquor. It smells better with the yeast from coconut wine.
The devotees will be visiting the temples any time 24 hours x 9 days.
Be prepared to get ‘smoke in your eyes’ and your whole body smell like smoke fish. Since these are ‘holy smoke’, so you can considered it as a form of blessing.
The vegetarian stalls are setup behind the Tow Boo Keong Temple. It is worth dropping by to have a nice sampling of the vegetarian dishes.
If you visit the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and other parts of Malaysia, you will notice the slightly different ceremonies and practices.