Nine Emperor Gods Festival activities in Ipoh limited to prayers

People praying inside Tow Boo Keong Temple in Ipoh.

FOR the second year in a row, activities at the Tow Boo Keong Temple in Ipoh, Perak, will be limited to only prayers during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Temple committee chairman Tan Mung Lee said the premises was open to the public but limited to only 50 people at any one time.

He said the committee did not want people to crowd the premises and limiting the number of devotees at the temple would make it easier to manage.

“We will strictly observe the standard operating procedures (SOP) and also advise devotees to do the same.

“Queuing outside the temple is not encouraged and we will advise them to return when there are fewer people,” he said.

Tan said the temple committee members and Rela personnel were on hand to ensure devotees adhered to the SOP.

“These include checking of temperature, sanitising hands and ensuring all visitors are masked and have been fully vaccinated before allowed entry,” he added.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival, which pays homage to the Goddess of the North Star, started on Wednesday and will end on Oct 14.

The festival is observed by the Taoist community on the first day of the ninth lunar month.

Tan said that just like last year, there would be no public ceremonies such as walking over burning charcoal, bridge-crossing purification rituals, receiving of “deities” at the Kinta River or parades.

“There will be no sale of tortoise buns outside our premises this year, to prevent overcrowding,” he said.

He also discouraged parents from bringing their young children or people with high risk to the temple.

The temple is open daily from 6am to 10pm and closed between 2pm and 4pm for sanitisation work.

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