On a journey of faith

Divine sight: Participants dressed as deities striking a pose before the procession.

SEVERAL hundreds of devotees from the Chew Jetty temple in Penang and surrounding temples took a walk of faith by carrying the statue of Jade Emperor and other deities to mark the birthday of the Jade Emperor.

Organised by the Chew Jetty, the procession, which covered about 3km, started off at the Chew Jetty and passed through the Xuan Mu Temple at Weld Quay, Malay Street, Beach Street, Chulia Street, then to the Goddess of Mercy Temple in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, China Street, Beach Street and Chulia Street, before returning to the jetty.

Chew Jetty chairman Chew Hock Ean said it was the first time the procession participants went on foot.

“What we do is we invite the Jade Emperor from the Xuan Mu Temple to the Chew Jetty with the hope that he will bless us, ensure our safety and protect our livelihood in the years to come,” he said at Weld Quay yesterday.

He said the last two years saw the procession being held at sea, using about 20 boats.

He added that besides carrying deities from the Chew Jetty temple, devotees also carried deities from other places including the Lim Jetty and Xuan Mu Temple.

“The other deities were brought along during the procession to greet each other and pay homage to each other,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tan Gaik Lam, 49, who resides in the United States, said she had never taken part in a Jade Emperor’s procession before.

“It was such a good and humbling experience. I feel really good,” she said.

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