Nine Emperor Gods Festival

10 October 2018 - 17 October 2018

The annual Nine Emperor Gods Festival is mostly celebrated by Taoism devotees and it signifies the ushering in of the Goddess of the North Star, who is believed to control the Books of Life and Death.

The worship of the Nine Emperor Gods is prevalent in the southern provinces of China, particularly Fujian Province, and the practise spread from there to Malaysia, southern Thailand and Singapore.

The Nine Emperor Gods are part of a Taoist cult belief known as Kew Ong Yah in Hokkien, and Kow Wong Yeh in Cantonese. It venerates Dou Mu, known in both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, as the Marici Deva, or goddess of the heavens. She is regarded as the mother of the Nine Emperor Gods. Within the ornate shrine hall of the Butterworth Tow Boo Kong Temple are the images of these deities.

Every year, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. During the nine days of celebration, the devotees will observe a strict vegetarian diet to cleanse their body and soul. Devotees will dress in traditional white, carrying incense and candles, awaiting the ‘arrival’ of the nine Gods.

The key highlight for this year will be a procession held on Saturday, 13 October 2018 at Butterworth Tow Boo Kong Temple. About 60 floats would be beautifully decorated for the parade. It is not only participated by religious organisations, but many Chinese cultural groups are also scheduled to join the parade.

The procession will start at the temple located at Jalan Raja Uda and pass through Jalan Telaga Air, Jalan Kampung Gajah, Jalan Bagan Ajam, Jalan Tambil Kecil before heading back to the original point.

Even though Penang, a state mainly populated by Chinese community will see big crowd of people celebrating the festival, temples in other states that will see big crowd of devotees include Nan Tian Kong temple in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, as well Pak Tiam Keong in Jalan Bachang Melaka.

Butterworth Tow Boo Kong Temple, Jalan Raja Uda

Butterworth Tow Boo Kong Temple Committee

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