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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Paying tribute to the Gods with Chinese opera

 

Paying tribute to the Gods with Chinese opera

IPOH: Sponsoring a Chinese opera show was a family?s way of paying tribute to the Nine Emperor Gods at the Looi Who Koong Temple here. 

In a short ceremony, opera performers prayed to wish the Nine Emperor Gods a happy birthday while carrying a baby doll. 

The doll, symbolising everlasting descendants was given to the donor C.L. Yeoh, 72, and her son A.L. Tan, 43, from Kampar. 

They also received longevity buns, tortoise-shaped red buns and ang pows from the Gods through a medium. 

?This is the third straight year that we are offering a show to the Gods,? Tan said.  

Tan said he paid RM2,100 for the 26-member opera troupe from Menglembu. 

The Festival this year is being celebrated from Oct 14 to Oct 22. 

As in previous years, the traditional red buns are selling like hot cakes. 

Ng Bes Bee, 48, has been selling such buns outside another temple, the Tow Boo Keong Temple, in Jalan Tokong here for the past eight years. 

?One devotee has ordered a bun with 19 tortoises to represent longevity and happiness,? she said, adding that the special bun cost RM80.  

Temples in Ipoh celebrating the festival include the Tong Tien Koon Temple in Pasir Pinji and Tai Pee Sim Monastery in Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun. 

The Tow Boo Keong Temple is organising a procession through the city at 8am tomorrow.  


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