Saturday was the day that devotees could come to the Ampang temple and get their rooms and beds for this year’s festival dates. It was great to see some friends, observe the temple cleaned up and ready to go, and feel the energy as we get ready to invite the Emperor and his entourage on Monday night.
There was quite a crowd gathered as the organizing committee worked hard to get the devotees their preferred spaces.
Meanwhile, the vendors’ supplies were arriving and the mood was jovial.
Here are members of the organizing committee and some volunteers discussing how it all happens, a little politics, and the value of a good cup of Chinese tea.
See you from the Hong Kong St Temple in Penang!
A few months ago the Kau Ong Yah Lam Thian Kiong Temple of Ampang held a 20 Km radius Ancestor and Thanksgiving ritual. It was a beautiful ceremony over several days in which the temple fulfilled its obligations to the Lost Souls roaming about the Ampang area. The festivities were complete with a special visit by Kau Ong Yah, resplendent paper mansions and a huge burning. Here are some of my photos. This was just one way that the temple is preparing for this year’s Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
Goddess of Mercy
Homes for the Lost Souls – with all the luxuries!
The heavens participated one evening with a great lighting show.
Koh Ong Yah was in residence during the ceremonies
Paper Gods carried to the open lot for burning
Some familiar faces around to help out
It all made for a huge symbolic fire.