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The 2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2   Leave a comment


The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

It was held today, Sunday 8th October, 2017.

SP Lim

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 2.2

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The 2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2   Leave a comment


The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

It was held today, Sunday 8th October, 2017.

SP Lim

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

The  2017 Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang ~ Part 1.2

At the Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival some years back   Leave a comment


At the Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival some years back

Started early at 5.30 am, we walked to the Ban Keow Temple about a km away. Tut tut is lesser in Phuket as compared to Hatyai. Armed with goggle and cotton-wool as earplugs we are ready to shoot … even with fire-crackers thrown over us.

Photo courtesy of Bertrand Linet Fotografia

SP Lim

Note: The Festival shall be held this month of October, 2017.

2017 Phuket Vegetarian Festival will begin at 9:00 AM on Friday, October 2 and ends on Saturday, October 28

All times are in Malaysia Time.

Ready to take photographs of the Final Night of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

 

At the Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival some years back. No guns control but only imitations were used.

Started early at 5.30 am, we walked to the Ban Keow Temple about a km away. Tut tut is lesser in Phuket as compared to Hatyai. Armed with goggle and cotton-wool as earplugs we are ready to shoot … even with fire-crackers thrown over us. Photo courtesy of Bertrand Linet Fotografia

Penang Kew Leong Yah Festival 2017

This year’s 9-day Festival of Kew Leong Yah in Penang will kick off on October  20th. 2017. There will be a Procession of over 80 Floats following a 8-Km route starting from 6.00 pm on October 22nd. 2017. On the final day of the Festival on October 28th. 2017, a Farewell Ceremony will be held at Weld Quay, Penang to send off the Deities into the sea.

SP Lim

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang   Leave a comment


The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

It was held today, Sunday 8th October, 2017.

SP Lim

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

The Kathina at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang

 

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017   2 comments


Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

These prayers shall be conducted on the night of the 15th of the 8th moon – the  actual day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It ends with the burning of Joss Paper as their voluntary rewards to the Diety for the wishes fulfilled successfully.

SP Lim

Modern celebration

The festival was a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honor of the moon. Today, it is still an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. During a year of a solar eclipse it is typical for governmental offices, banks and schools will close of extra days to enjoy the extra celestial celebration an eclipse brings.  The festival is celebrated with many cultural or regional customs, among them:

  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e.
  • Performance of dragon and lion dances, which is mainly practiced in southern China and Vietnam.

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Dates

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Han calendar—essentially the night of a full moon—which falls near the Autumnal Equinox (on a day between September 8 and October 7 in the Gregorian calendar). In 2015, the Mid-Autumn Festival fell on September 27. It will occur on these days in coming years:[43]

  • 2017: October 4 (Wednesday)
  • 2018: September 24 (Monday)
  • 2019: September 13 (Friday)
  • 2020: October 1 (Thursday)
  • 2021: September 21 (Tuesday)
  • 2022: September 10 (Saturday)

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipedia.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2017   Leave a comment


Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Wishing A Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you and your family

SP Lim

 

The Mid-Autumn Festival (traditional Chinese中秋節simplified Chinese中秋节Vietnamesetết Trung Thu) is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night.

Mainland China listed the festival as “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008. It is also a public holiday in Taiwan and in Hong Kong. In Vietnamese culture, it is considered the second-most important holiday tradition after Tết.

Due to ancient China’s cultural influence, Mid-Autumn Festival spread to other parts of Asia. Mooncakes have also appeared in western countries as an exotic sweet.

From Wikipedia.

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known by other names, such as:

  • Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival, because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.
  • Mooncake Festival, because of the popular tradition of eating mooncakes on this occasion.
  • Jūng-chāu Jit (中秋節), official name in Cantonese.
  • Tết Trung Thu, official name in Vietnamese.
  • Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋节), the official name in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Lantern Festival, a term sometimes used in Singapore and Malaysia, which is not to be confused with the Lantern Festival in China that occurs on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Reunion Festival, in earlier times, a woman in China took this occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents.
  • Children’s Festival, in Vietnam, because of the emphasis on the celebration of children.

 

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Meanings of the festival

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It’s said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. And this is the main reason why people think mid-autumn is important.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.[10] It’s about well being together.

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts   Leave a comment


Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Our part of the Malaysia was badly hit by heavy rainfall a week ago with many low-lying places flooded. My house was unaffected as it is on slightly higher level. However, rain continued to fall on and off – sometimes heavy rains causing a lot of tension and anxiety.

So, last night of Friday, 22 September, 2017 I wrote on Facebook … ” Rain stopped for some time, so maybe go photo-shooting tonight … ” of which I did but quite late at 9.30 pm breaking the monotony of just staying at home and watching TV.

SP Lim

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

 

I was told and heard from the Manager of this leading Thai-originated Teochew Sai Yong Hong Wayang Troupe personally that it  shall be performing for the last year in Penang due to economical reason/s. Owing to the low exchange rate of Malaysian Ringgit (RM) to Thailand’s Baht, it is grossly unprofitable to come to Penang to perform even at a higher rate of RM5,000.00 per night’s performance. It is furthermore more profitable to perform in Thailand as the Thai richer Wayang fans will give generous amount of cash to outstanding performers during the performance itself. As the Malaysian audience are usually wage-earners, such cash rewards were practically non-existent locally.

So what you are seeing of these photographs shall be the final few photographs of their performances in Penang as I shall try to catch more moments of their final performances in Penang.

SP Lim

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