Grand tribute to Baby God


Paying homage: Temple chairman Eddy Khoo, who is in a trance, cutting the cake at the birthday celebration for Baby God, watched by devotees.

DEVOTEES thronged the Sian Chye Tong temple in Hye Keat Estate, Penang, to pay homage to Baby God during a three-day celebration.

The deity is also called Sian Chye Phor Sat in Hokkien and its birthday falls on the 23rd day of the first lunar month.

Temple youth section chairman Loh Choon Teik said that devotees from all over Malaysia as well as Singapore and other foreign countries had arrived at the temple.

“They light oil lamps to seek blessings,” he said at the temple.

Teoh Chai Suan, 70, sought a talisman from the temple medium who was in a trance.

“We seek blessings for our health and our business. The talisman is then burned and we drink it with water.

“Since my mother’s wishes were fulfilled, it has been a traditon for all of us to come here during this time,” said Teoh, who works as a freelance travel agent.

Project manager Jason Ong, 43, and his wife travelled from Singapore and wished for good health and success in their careers.

“I have been coming here annually with my family since I was in my teens to give offerings,” he said.

Monks and nuns chanted sutras during the recent celebration.

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