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by christopher tan
Faith and food: The faithful offering prayers on the first day of the festival at a temple along Lintang Macallum 2 in George Town.
GEORGE TOWN: Observing a strict vegetarian diet during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival has been an annual practice for factory general supervisor Leong Kok Fai and his family.
Leong, 40, said his wife Wong Wai Cheng, also 40, and daughter Eunice Leong Shi Ying, five, would go on the diet for 10 days, beginning on the eve of the festival.
“We also have vegetarian food on the first and 15th day of the Chinese Lunar calendar every month,” he said, after prayers at the Tow Boe Keong Kew Ong Tai Tay Keong Thuah temple at Lintang Macallum 2 yesterday.
The festival, also known as Kew Ong Yeah in Hokkien, begins on the first day of the ninth lunar month.
The festival is dedicated to the nine sons of Tou Mu – Goddess of the North Star, who is said to control the books of life and death.
Her sons are said to have the ability to cure sickness and bestow luck, wealth and longevity.
The festival will end with processions that lead to several beachfronts on the island, where the deities will be ceremoniously sent off to sea.
Vegetarian food stalls have mushroomed near the Tow Boe Keong Kew Ong Tai Tay Keong Thuah temple since the start of the festival.
Hawker Ho Moon Lean, 46, who sells wan tan mee at the Peace and Joy coffeeshop in China Street, has temporarily closed her stall there until Oct 13 to open a char koay kak stall near the temple.
“I’ve been doing this for the past six years,” she said.
Economy rice seller Loh Sit Yee, 43, said business was expected to pick up in the coming days. “A lot of people are health-conscious these days,” she said.
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