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An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2   1 comment


These photographs were captured by my friend Bertrand Linet as I was “handicapped’ by my weak legs. I managed to shoot some photographs too.

SP Lim

An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 2

An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1   Leave a comment


An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple, Ayer Itam, Penang which was brightly lighted up for the 2020 Chinese New Year of the Rat

An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1
An evening at the Kek Lok Si Temple – 1

These photographs were captured by my friend Bertrand Linet as I was “handicapped’ by my weak legs. I managed to shoot some photographs too.

SP Lim

Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019   Leave a comment


Happy Tung Cheh and Winter Solstice 2019

The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival (Chinese: 冬至; pinyinDōngzhì; literally: ‘the extreme of winter’) is one of the most important Chinese and East Asian festivals celebrated by the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 (according to East Asia time).[1][2]

The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.[3] After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram  (復, “Returning”).

Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019
Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Penang on Sunday, 22 December, 2019

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Happy Tung Cheh and Winter Solstice 2019

The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival (Chinese: 冬至; pinyinDōngzhì; literally: ‘the extreme of winter’) is one of the most important Chinese and East Asian festivals celebrated by the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 (according to East Asia time).[1][2]

The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.[3] After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram  (復, “Returning”).

Happy Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019
Happy Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019
Happy Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 from Home
Happy Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 from Home

Happy Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 from Home

Happy Tung Cheh or Winter Solstice 2019 from Home.

The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival (Chinese: 冬至; pinyinDōngzhì; literally: ‘the extreme of winter’) is one of the most important Chinese and East Asian festivals celebrated by the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 (according to East Asia time).[1][2]
The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.[3] After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The phil Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get-togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of tangyuan (湯圓) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.[4] Tangyuan are made of glutinous rice flour and sometimes brightly coloured. Each family member receives at least one large tangyuan in addition to several small ones. The flour balls are occasionally pink or green. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savory broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl. It is also often served with a mildly alcoholic unfiltered rice wine containing whole grains of glutinous rice (and often also Sweet Osmanthus flowers), called jiuniang.[5]
In northern China, people typically eat dumplings on Dongzhi. It is said to have originated from Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty. On one cold winter day, he saw the poor suffering from chilblains on their ears. Feeling sympathetic, he ordered his apprentices to make dumplings with lamb and other ingredients, and distribute them among the poor to keep them warm, to keep their ears from getting chilblains. Since the dumplings were shaped like ears, Zhang named the dish “qùhán jiāoěr tāng” (祛寒嬌耳湯) or dumpling soup that expels the cold. From that time on, it has been a tradition to eat dumplings on the day of Dongzhi.
In southern China people eat rice cake (“Dōngzhì wán” 冬至团), which means reunion. It not only eaten by the family, it is also shared with friends and relatives as a bleassing. Mutton soup, rice cake and red bean sticky rice are also popular in South
Old traditions also require people with the same surname or from the same clan to gather at their ancestral temples to worship on this day. There is always a grand reunion dinner following the sacrificial ceremony.
The festive food is also a reminder that celebrators are now a year older and should behave better in the coming year. Even today, many Chinese around the world, especially the elderly, still insist that one is “a year older” right after the Dongzhi celebration instead of waiting for the lunar new year. osophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram  (復, “Returning”).

Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get-togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of tangyuan (湯圓) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.[4] Tangyuan are made of glutinous rice flour and sometimes brightly coloured. Each family member receives at least one large tangyuan in addition to several small ones. The flour balls are occasionally pink or green. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savory broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl. It is also often served with a mildly alcoholic unfiltered rice wine containing whole grains of glutinous rice (and often also Sweet Osmanthus flowers), called jiuniang.[5]
In northern China, people typically eat dumplings on Dongzhi. It is said to have originated from Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty. On one cold winter day, he saw the poor suffering from chilblains on their ears. Feeling sympathetic, he ordered his apprentices to make dumplings with lamb and other ingredients, and distribute them among the poor to keep them warm, to keep their ears from getting chilblains. Since the dumplings were shaped like ears, Zhang named the dish “qùhán jiāoěr tāng” (祛寒嬌耳湯) or dumpling soup that expels the cold. From that time on, it has been a tradition to eat dumplings on the day of Dongzhi.
In southern China people eat rice cake (“Dōngzhì wán” 冬至团), which means reunion. It not only eaten by the family, it is also shared with friends and relatives as a bleassing. Mutton soup, rice cake and red bean sticky rice are also popular in South
Old traditions also require people with the same surname or from the same clan to gather at their ancestral temples to worship on this day. There is always a grand reunion dinner following the sacrificial ceremony.
The festive food is also a reminder that celebrators are now a year older and should behave better in the coming year. Even today, many Chinese around the world, especially the elderly, still insist that one is “a year older” right after the Dongzhi celebration instead of waiting for the lunar new year.

Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting : Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General ) … 352 FINAL   Leave a comment


Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General )

Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting : Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General ) shot at the Carpenters’ Guild Loo Pun Tong, Love Lane, Penang

Time: 9.00 am till 12.00 noon

Location: Loo Pun Tong Temple, Love Lane, Penang

Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting

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Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting

Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General )

Date: Sunday, 15th September 2019

Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General ) at the Carpenters Guild, Loo Pun Tong at Love Lane, Penang

Time: 9.00 am till 12.00 noon

Location: Loo Pun Tong Temple, Love Lane, Penang

Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting

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Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting

Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General )

Date: Sunday, 15th September 2019

Theme: Guan Jiang Shou ( Hell General ) at the Carpenters Guild, Loo Pun Tong at Love Lane, Penang

Time: 9.00 am till 12.00 noon

Location: Loo Pun Tong Temple, Love Lane, Penang

Photographic Society of Penang Outing and Event Shooting

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