Sunday, February 12, 2012

Offerings for the Jade Emperor

The pictures are taken during the prayers commemorating the Jade Emperor, commonly celebrated on the 9th day of the Chinese New Year. Chinese all over the whole, in particular those of Hokkien descend celebrate this occasion. All kinds of fruits and food are offered to the celestial emperor. Pineapples, mandarin oranges, banana and especially stalks of sugar cane are placed as offerings. The long sugar canes are normally placed at the side of the altar table. Sometimes they are cut into  smaller pieces and placed on the table. 3 different types (the long, the round and the normal turtle shaped ones) of a kind of local pastry made of flour and paste from peas called "Ang Ku"  are a "must" offering.

Various pastries or "Kuih" in Malay made of glutinuous rice and something called "Huat" (or translated into "prosperity") Kuih are also a  common feature on the table offering. Oh, by the way, roasted pigs are also offered, but nowadays people cut down on live ones but offer those made of flour instead (such as the one in the picture below). So, there is less killing karma involved. All of the pictures here are taken by me during the festival in Penang, Malaysia.  I was there when the locals celebrated the festival. It ended with some show of firecrackers. 

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