The moon is almost full! How fast this ninth month is going by. I have a lot of photos to share but it is taking some time to go through them and choose. It’s a fun exercise to limit a topic to Nine.
We had an excellent send off for the Emperor, last Wednesday evening. The energy was high, the rains held off and there was a great sense of community spirit. For this Top Nine, I’ve chosen some photos of the procession from Tow Boh Keong, Hong Kong St to the Yeoh Jetty. There were a lot of other things going on as you will see in the next few posts.
1. The crowds began building about 7pm and quietly, the gods were called, and the Pathway of Safekeeping (peng onn) was opened for all to pass through.
3. Devotees knelt in front of the temple with their joss sticks, while the fireworks filled the skies behind. This is the moment when the urns are about to be carried from behind the yellow curtain and placed on the float.
More on trances and piercings, and the boat burning in the next posts!