Show of support for Wuhan during fest

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

Devotees and visitors taking part in the mass yee sang tossing ritual at Tow Boo Kong Temple. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

SOME 3,000 people turned up for the Everyone’s Birthday CNY 2020 celebration at Tow Boo Kong Temple in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.

For the mass yee sang tossing ritual, multiple tables were joined up to form a 209.7m-long line where the yee sang dish made up of 15 ingredients like carrot, white radish, ginger, yam, biscuits and nuts was served.

There was a merry atmosphere when those tossing yee sang shouted ‘heng’, ‘ong’ and ‘huat’ (fortune, luck and wealth in Hokkien).

The crowd also turned on their phone lights as a sign of support for Wuhan as it battles the coronavirus.

Event organising chairman Ooi Ean Keong said they hoped to share festive joy with visitors.

Ren Ri or ‘everybody’s birthday’ falls on the seventh day of Chinese New Year.

Among those who took part in the yee sang tossing were self- employed Michael Goh, 45, and his wife Patricia Lim, 44, who came from Puchong, Selangor.

Goh said it was their second year coming to the temple, adding that they were blessed with a baby boy after their first visit last year.

Visitors turning on their cellphone lights to show solidarity with Wuhan.Visitors turning on their cellphone lights to show solidarity with Wuhan.

“I hope we will be here for next year’s celebration too,” he added.

Engineer Tang Beng Huat, 27, and his wife Elizabeth Peter, 25, came from Ipoh, Perak.

“The yee sang is more delicious when we can enjoy it with so many people,” said Elizabeth.

Also present were Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, temple chairman Datuk Khor Wan Tat who is the event’s main sponsor and Tah Wah Group Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Hong Yeam Wah along with Seberang Prai City councillors Tan Chee Teong and Chee Yeeh Keen.

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