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Unlike last year’s Nine Emperor Gods procession, the starting point for this year’s street procession was Ipoh Tong Tien Koon Temple in Pasir Pinji, by virtue of the police permit being approved for this temple and Tow Boh Keong in alternate years.
Typically, this procession as part of the Nine Emperor Gods Taoist celebration, is held on Sunday morning.
This year’s procession was smaller than last year’s but despite knowing this, Chinese from the community, be they Taoists or not, still lined the streets early in the morning to witness this annual event.
The procession consisted of vehicles, floats, school bands, lions, dragons, deities in elaborate sedan chairs, and mediums in trance carrying menacing blades and swords.
The entourage was not only made up of members from Tong Tien Koon Temple. They were joined in by other associations and religious groups from Ipoh.
It made its way from Jalan Bunga Raya to Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Pasir Putih, Jalan Dato’ Onn Jaafar passing by UTC here, then turning back via Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Jalan Raja Ekram, crossing Jalan Tokong, turning left into Jalan King, right to Jalan Queen and returning to the temple through Jalan Theatre.
As one of the highlights of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the procession, as you could imagine, snaked its way along the busy streets in the heart of Ipoh City. All in all, the parade took some two hours to complete.
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