Thousands of devotees lined the streets leading to the Hong San Si Temple in Teluk Pulai, awaiting the arrival of the Emperor Gods via the Klang River. This is the eve of the 9 day Vegetarian Festival to celebrate the birthday of the nine Emperor Gods which falls on the 9th day of the 9th Lunar Month of the Chinese calendar.
Earlier, at the temple grounds, there was an elaborate ceremony to raise the Yellow Lantern which signifies the beginning of the Festival.
The devotees then proceeded to the Klang River to receive the Gods and to escort the Gods back to the temple to start the Festival.
Devotees and visitors will be treated nightly to Taiwanese (Minaan) Opera and various Taoist rituals which include crossing bridges of blades, firewalking , healing and fortune telling sessions, prayers and a grand spread of Vegetarian food.
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ends on the 16th Oct 2010 which coincides with the 9th day of the 9th Lunar month.
Video by KSTan & Rajeswari, Citizen Journalists