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|A night of colourful festivity|
|Written by Administrator II|
|Tuesday, 07 October 2008 14:32|
By TAN SIN CHOW
Tuesday October 7, 2008
The Star Online
THOUSANDS of devotees, all dressed in white, converged on the Tow Boo Kong Temple on Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, for a floats procession held in conjunction with the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
The whole street took on a festive mood on Friday as the eight-float procession inched its way along Jalan Raja Uda, Jalan Telaga Air, Jalan Bagan Jermal and Jalan Tamby Kecil before returning to the temple.
The main float was carrying the statues of the Nine Emperor Gods and Tou Mu (Queen of Heaven) who, according to Chinese mythology, is the mother of the Nine Emperor Gods.
One of the brightly lit and well decorated float coming out from the elaborated archway of the Tow Boo Kong Temple in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth.
At least 10 temple mediums led the way in a a trance, their cheeks pierced with 5m-long skewers.
Onlookers lining the street to soak in the festivity were seen happily clicking away their cameras as one gaily decorated float after another passed by with much pomp and rousing fanfare.
And the journey of the 2km-long procession took about four hours to accomplish, according to temple committee chairman Khor Wan Tat.
“Those who did not come to our temple, offered their prayers along the procession route instead for good luck, prosperity, wealth and longevity,” he said.
A temple medium performing a ritual before the start of a mini procession.
Apart from the temple’s float, Khor said the other floats came from other Nine Emperor Gods temples from Bukit Mertajam and Kepala Batas in Penang, and Sungai Petani and Gurun in Kedah.
The host temple, its distinctive architecture stencilled in bright lights against the night sky, provided a magnificent backdrop for the lion and dragon dances.
Inside the hallowed halls of the temple, devotees made offerings and paid homage to the deities.
Also present at the temple were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, state executive councillors Lim Hock Seng and Phee Boon Poh.