Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Celebrations in honour of Xuan Tian Shang Di 玄天上帝

From 9 to 11 October, Heng Kang Tian held a celebration in honour of Xuan Tian Shang Di (better known as Siong De Gong to the Hokkien people and the devotees). 10 Oct is the 3rd day of the Ninth Month, said to be the day when Xuan Tian Shang Di ascended into the Heavens.

During these days, many programmes were arranged, from Bor Un (mending and enhancing's fortune in Hokkien) to presenting the treasures to the Gods (Hian Geng in Hokkien). The necessary tradition of inviting Jade Emperor early in the morning and sending him off in the afternoon was also observed.

In the afternoon to evening of Sunday 3 Oct, it was fun time for the children, not only of the devotees but also in the neighbourhood. Much to their delight, there was a giant airfilled playground for the kids. There was also talentime for the kids too.

On 11 Oct, it was the traditional Grand Dinner where devotees and supporters turn up for a grand get together. The Guest of Honour was MP Indranee Rajah. She was greeted by two little girls. Guess who led who to the table. (^^)