Procession to mark temple’s 85th anniversary

ABOUT 1,000 devotees in Penang are expected to take part in the 10km procession to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Sian Chye Tong Temple in Hye Keat Estate, Air Itam.

The grand procession, to be held at 8pm on Feb 28, will start from foot of Penang Hill and pass by Jalan Air Itam, Jalan Thean Teik, Lebuhraya Thean Teik and Jalan Paya Terubong before returning to the temple.

Persatuan Penganut Dewa Sian Chye Phor Sat chairman Khoo Gim Siew said the procession was held every five years.

“About 30 temples will be taking part in the event,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Khoo said the other events scheduled were a fire-watching ceremony to predict the country’s eco­nomy at 10pm on Feb 24, as well as prayers and offerings to the Jade Emperor on the night of Feb 26.

“We will also hold a mini procession to welcome the arrival of the ashes of Sian Chye deity Muar, Johor, at 9pm on Feb 27.

“There will also be lion dance and drum performances during the 2km procession,” Khoo said.

He added that the 85th anniversary dinner would be held at 7pm on March 2 at Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society Penang in Macalister Road.

For more details, call the temple at 04-8283296.

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