chinese religious practices, Penang
This year 2014 I make a date for the purpose for visiting the famous Chiew Jetty, Weld Quay offerings and prayers to the annual Emperor Jade of Haven for the first time. This traditional Chinese, especially the Hockkien from Fujian province in South China, still practice the annual offering during the 8 day, 1st month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
This day is a grand day for the Hockkien people, no New Year is complete without the offering. You can offer a basic to a grand offering. The basic one comes with only vegetables and a grand comes with a lot of other animals sacrificing, especially Roast Pig, Chicken, Fish,Crab, and many others. For the wealthy one they even burned big Joss Stick (5 ft - 12 ft)with dragon art. The usual way of praying is to set up high tables and a must with sugar cane tight to the table corner and a Urn in the center with two candles and sandalwood, flowers too. And this is the time the wealthy also igniting up the fire works and fire crackers too. The tables will be covered with red cloth and designed stitches of the Seven Saint and two dragon.For more photos on this festival visit http://cookingpleasure-kimmy.blogspot.com/2014/02/pai-thnee-kong-chew-jetty-penang.html .........
Chinese flock to this temple to offer prayers.... especially during the Chinese New Year period.. obviously I am one of them... although its one a once a year basis...