1. dragon float at the Nine Emperor Gods procession

1. dragon float at the Nine Emperor Gods procession

As part of the Nine Emperor Gods celebration, a procession was held in Ipoh city centre, on the eighth day of the ninth Chinese lunar calendar. This year’s permit was approved for Tow Boh Keong, which alternates annually with Ipoh Tong Tien Koon Temple in Pasir Pinji.

2. another dragon float

2. another dragon float

3. Hindu chariot

3. Hindu chariot

Unlike past year’s event, this was held in the evening, better to enjoy the lighted chariots and LED dragons. It was also grander, with the amalgamation of other temples and religious bodies, not only within Perak but out of state as well.

4. elaborated float

4. elaborated float

5. in trance

5. in trance

Other troupes which participated included non-governmental organisations and institutions, to add more life and colour to the street parade.

6. lion dance through the streets of Ipoh

6. lion dance through the streets of Ipoh

 7. one of the many decorated floats

7. one of the many decorated floats

Despite rain delaying the procession, which was scheduled to begin at 7pm, Taoist devotees and other members of the public braved the drizzle and lined the streets to get a glimpse of this once-a-year event.

8. fairies

8. fairies

9. one of the participating troupes in the procession

9. one of the participating troupes in the procession

This procession with the participation from 120 groups, as you can imagine, snaked its way along the busy streets of Ipoh starting from Tow Boh Keong, taking some four to five hours to return to the temple.

 10. the Nine Emperor Gods sedan - this is when all devotees should be on their knees to show respect

10. the Nine Emperor Gods sedan – this is when all devotees should be on their knees to show respect

Here, I share some photos of the procession with you. Taking these photos in the dark was more challenging than a morning procession, even though the crowds were just as huge.

Event: 2017 Nine Emperor Gods Procession
Venue: Ipoh
Date: 27th Oct, 2017
Time: from 7pm

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