Another weekend has passed….But the weekend that passed is also the week where believers/devotees of Taoism hold a ceremony to invoke and welcome the nine emperors (Jiǔ Huáng Xīng Jūn / Jiǔ Huáng Da Di (九皇星君/九皇大帝). Usually the ceremony is held on the eve of the 8th Lunar month. But this temple that I’ve visited does it a week before the “actual day”.
*Actually I’ve only know of this festival and the venue that this event is taking place thanks to a photography friend I’ve get to know during the Crossing Bridges 9*
After receiving the God and coming out of the water… *I didn’t manage to get a nice one when they were in the water… They walked into the waters up to waist-chest level then perform a small ritual to invite the Gods down then return back to shore.*
On the 9th of the Lunar 9th Month, there will also be a large scale ceremony like this one to send the deities back home. *Not sure If I will be (or able to) attending that ceremony during then, as it may happen on a weekday (Tues), as the event can end late to past 11pm or later…*
For more info on the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, visit the Wikipedia link here!
I heard there is another same festival going on this coming Sunday, I may drop by there to take a look…
Until then 🙂