Chap Goh Meh Procession

Chap Goh Meh, which is also known as Lantern Festival, falls on the fifteenth day of Chinese New Year, which also marks the end of the Chinese New Year festival. Colorful lanterns are hung and lighted up the night sky.

Each year, hundreds of people coming from various places get together to witness the Chap Goh Meh procession, which is a tradition for more than hundred years. The procession also includes colorful lion and dragon dances as well as devotees dressed as deities and giving out candies and blessings to the crowd.

農曆正月十五日水月宮主神觀音遶境(游神),八港門各設置下馬台,以香案供品,迎接觀音鑾駕。慈悲娘娘金身與香爐抵達下馬台後,各港門的儀式專家引導福首及港門坡眾參拜。本活動參與者甚眾,是八港門年度最盛大的儀典活動。

 

Fortune prayer ceremony

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At eight o’clock in the evening the same day, a prayer ceremony will be held at the Swee Guk Kung Temple. An oil lamp will be lit up and place on top of a new tall bamboo pole in front of the temple.

Since then, at five o’clock in the afternoon, the oil lamp will be lowered in order to refill the oil and will be put back to the top of the bamboo pole. At five o’clock in the morning the next day, the oil lamp will be lowered once again to extinguish the flame and will be put back to the top of the bamboo pole, this shall be repeated everyday, till the first day of the twelfth month of the Lunar Calendar.