Jade Emperor

Yesterday, my two girls and I went back to my hometown to help my mum in the prayers to the heavenly god, Jade Emperor.

The Jade Emperor's Birthday is on the ninth day of the Lunar New Year. On this day Taoist especially the Hokkien worship the Jade Emperor (拜天公) by burning incense and offering food.

Today is the ninth day of the Lunar New Year.

Hokkien celebrates this day every year. My mum is Hokkien and so am I.

Various food were offered to the Jade Emperor.

Preparations were done yesterday night just before midnight.

my sister, my girl and my mum

Prayers were done and incense burnt.


My girl played with the big colorful joss-stick.

Gold papers were folded and ready to be burnt when it was midnight.

On fire and accompanied by sounds of fire-crackers.

Finally, the top parts of the sugar cane were burnt too.


Lastly, when I opened my dashboard, I realised that I had posted 188 articles.

Coincidentally, my lucky numbers are 1 and 8.


Wishing all Hokkien Chinese a very happy worshiping to the
Jade Emperor!



Comments

  1. A great post wenn. I hope one day I can carry out the prayers for Jade Emperor too. :)

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  2. Good lucky numbers. Your luck this year must be good..maybe you should buy lottery..hehe.

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  3. Wow! Great pics , Wenn!
    I agree with Mummmy Gwen.
    Betty xx

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  4. It is good to teach our roots, culture and traditions to our children. Congratulations on your lucky number.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. This is the first time I heard about Jade emperor. I know 8 is a lucky number and you are so lucky to have number 8 in your blog post.

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  6. Very interesting post...Finally I have pictures of how people worship the Jade Emperor...thanks.

    It is always good to know.

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  7. I'm Hokkien too. ^_^

    Haha, 188 is a sign that you gonna win some form of lottery this year. $_$

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  8. Very noisy here too. Lots of fire-crackers being burnt...

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  9. What a celebration! The food looks delicious, and it must be fun to hear and see the fire crackers..

    Congrats on your 188 posts..

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  10. Wah! 188, very auspicious and lucky number.

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  11. so this year sure fatt.. :) the other day u posted something on 888 too, right?

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  12. That's really interesting, Wenn. Beautiful post!

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  13. Don't forget to buy lottery ticket (^_^).

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  14. i'm a Hokkien too. as we're still mourning over the loss of my FIL, we're not permitted to worship the Jade Emperor for 3 years.

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  15. Wow. I learned something new today :)

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  16. I didn't do any prayers... my family don't either... But I heard this prayers thing happened like in the middle of the night and can last out to 2am in the morning or more right? How tiring...

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  17. Oh! So Ti Gong is actually Jade Emperor? Great info. Happy New Year.

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  18. 1 and 8...wah nice lucky number you had le...

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  19. Those days would love to take a ride in Island Glades, Penang almost closed to midnite to kaypo watching people preparing the prayers. My daughter is half Hokkien and often joined in the prayers with her grandma. But lately due to old age at 90+ she stopped.

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  20. Only during this day, I know how many Hokkien are there in my area. Here pop pop pop there pop pop pop, making the occassion so grand. :)

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  21. fascinating post!
    OK, so I had to go look to see how many posts I have. 186! I started blogging slightly over a year ago.

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  22. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your Celebration.
    Blessings to you and your family in the New Year.

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  23. that looks like a beautiful setting. it is freaky how your lucky numbers were in your post count too!

    Tina from
    Gossip Avenue
    Travel Shack
    Mummy Diaries
    Game FreakZ

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  24. Wenn: Fun post on the celebration with really neat photos.

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  25. I do love to read of your beliefs and traditions Wenn. This was so nice in that your family is all involved in the celebration. And how wonderful the customs and traditions are passed on to your children as well. I think that is amazing that your lucky numbers are 1 and 8! Blogging is great!

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  26. The last time I prayed in Taiping was many years ago. This time after praying I hope I would be prosperous and full of happiness.

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  27. you even have more posts than me...i've been up for a yr =)

    belated happy cny

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  28. Looks like Jade Emperor is a big day to some chinese, i can see they really celebrate and my neighbour even got lion dance on that particular night and light up fire crackers, more happening than the chinese new year eve.

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  29. Wenn... Your posts open the world to this Canadian. Thank you!

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  30. This was a very fascinating post. I learned a lot, and I am interested in the picture that shows the table with the food on it, could you tell me what the foods on the table are? I recognize the pineapple, the pears, oranges and apples, but none of the things in front.

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  31. Troy, they are chinese delicacies, the steamed rice flour, the steamed glutinous rice and the peanut-filled rice flour dumplings.

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