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Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig   Leave a comment


Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig

 

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. My Prayers’ Altar at my home.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. An extra table of special offerings.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. An extra table of special offerings.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. An extra table of special offerings.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. The usual altar of the Jade Emperor God near the main door.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. The usual altar of the Jade Emperor God near the main door.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. The additional prayers of offerings of joss papers.

Our Prayers to the Jade Emperor God for 2019 Year of the Pig. The additional prayers of offerings of joss papers are offered with the burning.

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers   Leave a comment


Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

Pai Thnee Kong Prayers for 2019 Year of the Pig

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.   Leave a comment


The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

This was the Ceremony held at the Chew Jetty – Clan Jetty of the Hokkiens with the Surname of Chew, for the Birthday Celebrations of the Jade Emperor. It was located at the front main road of the Jetty along Weld Quay, George Town, Penang from 7.00 pm onwards on the night of 23rd February, 2018. Prayers were held at midnight to coincide with the Jade Emperor’s Birthday. This long array of offerings was offered by residents, relatives and friends who stayed at Chew Jetty or those who worked around this area including my late father.

SP Lim

 

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

 

The Jade Emperor (Chinese玉皇pinyinYù Huáng or 玉帝Yù Dì) in Chinese culturetraditional religions and myth is one of the representations of the first god (太帝 tài dì). In Taoist theology he is Yuanshi Tianzun, one of the Three Pure Ones, the three primordial emanations of the Tao. He is also the Cao Đài (“Highest Power”) of Caodaism known as Ngọc Hoàng Thượng đế. In Buddhist cosmology he is identified with ŚakraIn Korean mythology he is known as Hwanin.

The Jade Emperor is known by many names, including Heavenly Grandfather (天公Tiān Gōng), which originally meant “Heavenly Duke”, which is used by commoners; the Jade Lord; the Highest Emperor; Great Emperor of Jade (玉皇上帝Yu Huang Shangdi or 玉皇大帝Yu Huang Dadi).

 

 

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

Pai Thnee Kong or Praying to the Taoist Jade Emperor of Heaven   Leave a comment


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Pai Thnee Kong or Praying to the Taoist Jade Emperor of Heaven
To the Malaysian Chinese of Hokkien descent, tonight is the actual start of Chinese New Year to them. Hokkiens are the Chinese from Southern part of China namely Fujian Province. As legend or historical account has it. the Hokkien was hiding in a sugar plantation when they were invaded by savages from other areas of China. After hiding for 8 to 9 days in the sugar plantation, they finally returned to their villages safe and sound. They offered prayers to the Taoist Jade Emperor of Heaven for looking after their welfare and safety during the terrible invasion. They started the Chinese New Year from the 9th Day of the Chinese New Year with “Pai Thnee Kong” from that day.
This is still practised by Malaysian of Chinese descent especially in Penang Island where a lot of Hokkiens stay. As I am a Hokkien, I continued with this traditional practice but now with fruits, cakes made from glutinous rice and dumplings made from flour including the imitation piglet-like pastry. Last night at midnight of Monday 15/02/2016 or start of Tuesday 16/02/2016 – 9th Day of 2016 Chinese New Year was when I prayed to the “Thnee Kong” or Jade Emperor in Hokkien. In the past a whole roasted pig is offered but as Malaysian Chinese of Taoist/Buddhist religious observance started to practise more vegetarian inclined diet. As a strong deterrent the price of a mature roasted pig has raised many folds to a price over RM1,000.00 (US$300.00) per pig. Do you notice the symbolism of tying two sticks of sugarcane at the table? The Hokkiens do not forget the safety sanctuary provided by the sugarcane plantations. We are indeed grateful. The ceremony ends with the burning of joss paper and fire-crackers but these are banned in Malaysia.

SP Lim

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From Wikipedia:-
The Jade Emperor (Chinese: 玉皇; pinyin: Yù Huáng or 玉帝, Yù Dì) in Chinese culture, traditional religions and myth is one of the representations of the first god (太帝 tài dì). In Taoist theology he is Yuanshi Tianzun, one of the Three Pure Ones, the three primordial emanations of the Tao. He is also the Cao Đài (“Highest Power”) of Caodaism.

The Jade Emperor is known by many names, including Heavenly Grandfather (天公, Tiān Gōng), which originally meant “Heavenly Duke”, which is used by commoners; the Jade Lord the Highest Emperor, Great Emperor of Jade (玉皇上帝, Yu Huang Shangdi or 玉皇大帝, Yu Huang Dadi).

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Worship and festivals

The Jade Emperor Ritual at Yuzun Temple in Sanxing, Yilan of Taiwan on the Emperor’s Birthday.
The Jade Emperor’s Birthday (天公誕) is said to be the ninth day of the first lunar month. On this day Taoist temples hold a Jade Emperor ritual (拜天公, bài Tiān Gōng, literally “heaven worship”) at which priests and laymen prostrate themselves, burn incense and make food offerings.

In the morning of this birthday, Chinese and Taiwanese households set up an altar table with 3 layers: one top (containing offertories of six vegetables (六齋), noodles, fruits, cakes, tangyuan, vegetable bowls, and unripe betel, all decorated with paper lanterns) and two lower levels (containing the five sacrifices and wines) to honor the deities below the Jade Emperor. The household then kneels three times and kowtows nine times to pay homage and wish him a long life.

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Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 5   Leave a comment



Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the fifth part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 4   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the fourth part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 2   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the second part of the Sea Procession.

Hean Boo Thean – the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the second part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Pai Thnee Kong – the Buddhists way   Leave a comment


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Pai Thnee Kong – the Buddhists way is observed here as only vegetarian and fruits were only offered. The Taoist way is meat is necessary thus we have roasted duck, chicken, and even a whole pig are being offered. Taoism and Buddhism, locally are closely evolved into a unique religion where there are two sets of interpretation even in praying to the Jade Emperor which is usually observed in Taoism.

SP Lim

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The Pai Thnee Kong Ceremony or Thni Kong Seh (Jade Emperor God’s birthday) – Part 1.   Leave a comment


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The Pai Thnee Kong Ceremony – Part 1.
It is the transfer of the Thnee Kong image from Hean Boo Thean – the Floating Kuan Yin Temple for the Ceremony at Chew Jetty tonight by way of the sea. An exclusive take by Lim Soo Peng from the boat provided by Hean Boo Thean. — at Weld Quay.

Extracted from George Town, Penang Facebook Events
Hokkien New Year (Thni Kong Seh) is tonight!

Date: 17 February 2013
Time: 7.00pm to 12 midnight
Venue: Chew Jetty / Hillway Road (Penang Hill), Ayer Itam
The biggest Hokkien New Year celebrations will take place at the Jade Emperor temple at Chew Jetty and on Penang Hill. Don’t miss it.

Hokkien New Year
Thni Kong Seh (Jade Emperor God’s birthday)
Date: 17th February 2013
Time: 7pm to midnight
Location: Chew Jetty, George Town, Penang
Organizer: Chew Jetty Committee
Tel: 012-4126809

The folk tale has it that the Hokkiens escaped mistreatment by ruthless army in ancient China by seeking refuge in a sugarcane plantation. They emerged unharmed on the 8th day of Chinese New Year. The birthday of the Jade Emperor. Hence the New Year of Hokkiens.

Hokkien New Year is celebrated widely in Penang. The Hokkien community in Chew Jetty is celebrating this year’s Thni Kong Seh in a grand scale. Over 30 long tables of food and fruits, big bottles of cognac and trays, baskets.

Hean Boo Thean – the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the fifth part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

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