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Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞

Today is the first day of the 9-day Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (5)

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.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (6)

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).

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (2)

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.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (7)

The devotees will be visiting the temples any time 24 hours x 9 days.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (3)

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.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (1)

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.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (4)

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.

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2 responses

  1. Pingback: Fire walk @ Nine Emperors God Festival 2013 | Present Moment

  2. Pingback: The Nine Emperor Gods Festival & Its Psychedelically Cute Turtle Buns! (○’ω’○) | Etui Trove

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