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Glittering procession for Nine Emperor Gods


Vibrant display: The ‘mother’ float leading the procession during the Nine Emperor Gods celebration along Noordin Street.

Vibrant display: The ‘mother’ float leading the procession during the Nine Emperor Gods celebration along Noordin Street.

GEORGE TOWN: It was a lively night as locals and tourists gathered to view the Kew Ong Yeah (Nine Emperor Gods) procession at the Tow Moo Keong Temple in Noordin Street.

Some 15 floats decked with multi-coloured LED lights lined the entire stretch of the road for the procession, which began at 7.45pm on Sunday.

Temple president Datuk Koay Kean Huat said since the temple was esta­blished over a century ago, they had never held a procession on the se­cond day of the celebration.

“This additional procession was introduced to seek the blessing of the Nine Emperor Gods,” he said.

Koay said they would also hold a grand parade to send off the deity to the sea on the last day of the nine-day festival this Sunday.

The Nine Emperor Gods festival also coincides with the Navarathiri Festival celebrated by Hindus.

Devotees pray to Goddess Amman and follow a strict vegetarian diet during the festival which means “nine nights”.

According to the Hindu Puranas (Hindu religious texts), the festival is held to commemorate the victory of Goddess Parasakthi over the demon king Mahishasuran.

   

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