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|A sea of devotees turns up to pay their respects|
|Written by Administrator II|
|Monday, 20 April 2009 14:32|
Monday April 20, 2009
By JEREMY TAN
Getting ready: A devotee adjusting the statue on a chariot before the procession started.
Legend has it that Mazu was born in 960 AD to a family in Meizhou, China (modern day Fujian). During her life, she was believed to have saved many seafarers in peril. After her death, there were various accounts of her appearing during stormy wea-ther to guide ships to safety.
A dragon dance captivates those lining the streets to witness the procession.
“Back home, we seldom see occasions like this celebrated on such a grand scale,” Dianne said, adding that they were at the right place at the right time.
Gan Hin Ming with a statue of Na Cha (Third Prince of the Gods).
“I believe in Mazu as it has helped me tremendously both spiritually and emotionally. It has made me a better person and changed my character,” Lim added.