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Devotees mark special day for deity with offering of 109,999 red eggs


Cartons of red eggs stacked into the shape of a towering structure for the birthday of the local deity of the Datuk Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple in Taman Lucky, Butterworth.

Cartons of red eggs stacked into the shape of a towering structure for the birthday of the local deity of the Datuk Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple in Taman Lucky, Butterworth.

SOME 70 volunteers spent over six hours boiling, dyeing and stacking up 109,999 red eggs to mark the local Datuk Tua’s birthday at the Datuk Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple in Taman Lucky, Butterworth, in Penang.

They started by boiling the eggs donated by devotees in large pots of water.

The boiled eggs were then transferred into containers filled with red dye.

Once the dyed eggs had dried, they were transferred onto trays and stacked inside the temple for prayers at midnight.

Sungai Puyu assemblyman Phee Boon Poh, who was present, said the annual affair started in 1983 and the number of eggs this year topped last year’s 100,888 eggs.

Volunteers boiling and dyeing the eggs (left) and stacking up the dyed eggs (right) at the Datuk Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple in Taman Lucky, Butterworth.
Volunteers boiling and dyeing the eggs.

He said volunteers including voluntary firemen helped to distribute the eggs to the devotees and public who attended the birthday celebration.

“We believe that peeling off the shell and consuming the eggs will bring good luck,” Phee added.

The tradition started in 1983 when Datuk Tua purportedly ‘told’ the temple committee that he wanted red-coloured eggs for his birthday.

It began as a small-scale celebration with only 600 red eggs.

Volunteers boiling the red eggs at Datuk Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple in Taman Lucky, Butterworth before stacking them up to celebrate Datuk Tua’s birthday. / 07 Aug 2018pic provided GUANG MING.Volunteers boiling the red eggs at Datuk Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple in Taman Lucky, Butterworth before stacking them up to celebrate Datuk Tua’s birthday. / 07 Aug 2018 pic provided GUANG MING.
Volunteers stacking up the dyed eggs.

The temple’s grand scale celebration with red eggs first hit the limelight in 2006 when it made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for dyeing 50,626 eggs.

The temple was founded more than 140 years ago.

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