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Living 30 Sep 2019 | 6:00 AM

Who are the Nine Emperor Gods, sons of the Goddess of the North Star?

There are several legends of the Nine Emperor Gods, but the most popular version says that they are the nine sons of Dou Mu, the Goddess of the North Star.

Living 30 Sep 2019 | 6:00 AM

What is the Nine Emperor Gods Festival and why is it celebrated?

In Malaysia, faithful worshippers of the Nine Emperor Gods are flocking to temples to seek divine help and pray that the gods grant their wishes.

Asia & Oceania 22 Feb 2019 | 6:01 AM

9 festivals and celebrations in 2019 that make Malaysia truly Asia

Malaysians are already familiar with major occasions like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas. But there are many other cultural events to immerse in, too. Here are nine highlights from Tourism Malaysia’s calendar for 2019.

Nation 31 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

Showcasing Penang’s heritage

GEORGE TOWN: Visiting George Town’s heritage enclave always brings back fond memories of his childhood days, says true blue Penangite Fox Foo.

Nation 03 Nov 2018 | 12:00 AM

Non-Muslim civil servants happy to get unrecorded leave

NON-MUSLIM civil servants have commended the plan to give them seven days of unrecorded leave for religious purposes.

Metro News 20 Oct 2018 | 12:00 AM

Rousing farewell for deities

AFTER offering prayers and observing a vegetarian diet for nine days, it was time for devotees to send the Kew Ong Yeah (Nine Emperor Gods) back to heaven.

Nation 17 Oct 2018 | 2:21 PM

Penangites gather at temples to send off deities at close of Nine Emperor Gods festival

GEORGE TOWN: Thousands of devotees have gathered at temples in Penang in preparation to send off the deities at the end of the nine-day Kew Ong Yeah (Nine Emperor Gods) festival.

Metro News 15 Oct 2018 | 12:00 AM

Sweet snacks a hit with nine-day festival devotees

CHINESE Taoists observing a vegetarian diet can satisfy their sweet tooth with snacks that can usually be found during the Kew Ong Yeah or Nine Emperor Gods Festival.