Monday, September 29, 2008

Nine Emperor Gods Festival

From first to the ninth day of the Ninth Lunar Month, Singapore comes alive with celebrations or commemoration in honour of the Nine Emperor Gods or Jiu Huang Ye (Kiu Ong Yah in Hokkien) all over the island. From East Coast at Ulu Siglap to Bukit Batok, some 12 temples/sintuas organise this massive events.

For some temples, they use the divining block (sheng bei) approach and so, they could be inviting the 9 Emperor Gods earlier than the eve of 9M1. This year, Feng Shan Gong is the earliest, inviting the 9 Emperor Gods on 21 Sep 08. Some temples like Long Nan Dian invited the 9 Emperor Gods on 27 Sep and the rest on 28 Sep.

Some of the 9 Emperor Gods temples/sintuas are:
神仙宫 Blk 39A Margaret Drive
武吉巴督斗母宫九皇五帝 Blk 503 Bukit Batok East Ave 2
后港斗母宫 779A Upper Serangoon Road
蔡厝港斗母宫 2 Teck Whye Lane
汫水港斗母宫凤山寺 Opp Blk 123 Yishun Ring Rd
金山寺 25 Jln Ulu Siglap
南山海庙 Blk 701 Bedok Reservoir Rd
玉海棠,观音堂 Blk 117 Bedok Reservoir Rd
葱茅圆九皇宫 28 Arumugan Rd
龙南殿 Next to Eunos MRT open space
凤山宫 49 Defu Lane 12
龍南寺--Blk 283 Bukit Batok Ave 3
玄武山  Blk 236 Jurong East St. 21
Here is a short video clip of Xuan Wu Shan temple visiting Long Nan Dian. In the next few days, there will be yewkeng (procession) as temple visit each other.