Come rain or shine, the celebration must go on

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  • Saturday, 24 Feb 2018

Large turnout: People thronging the Chew Jetty to pay homage to the Jade Emperor in Weld Quay, George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: For a while, rain threatened to disrupt the Weld Quay jetty community’s celebration of the Jade Emperor’s birthday here.

However, the devotees were evidently used to it, with many saying it tended to rain on the eve of the celebration.

At 9pm yesterday, the drizzle finally tapered off and with speedy efficiency, devotees trooped out with trays laden with offerings and laid them on the 35m-long altar along the roadside.

The lavish offerings included roast suckling pigs, rice wine, ang koo (bean paste cake), mee koo (red tortoise bun), huat kuih (prosperity cake), roast pork and chicken and fruits, as well as stalks of sugarcane.

Lion dance troupes, war drum performers and dancers also put on an entertaining show for thousands of spectators who had gathered despite the rain.

A dazzling display of fireworks lit up the sky at the stroke of midnight, marking the king of hea­ven’s birthday on the ninth day of the Lunar New Year, which falls today.

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