TO HOKKIENS THE 9th DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE 1st DAY! THE 9th DAY IS THE BIRTHDAY OF JADE EMPEROR AND TO HOKKIENS THIS DAY IS THE START OF THE NEW YEAR! SO THE 4th OF FEBRUARY WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR OF ROOSTER RATHER THAN 28 JANUARY 2017 WHICH WAS THE OFFICIAL DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR.
When the pirates joined enemies of the Hokkiens, their mission was to kill the entire Hokkien race and conquer their land. Hundreds of thousands were killed in mass massacres until the last remaining batch of 9,000 Hokkiens were left. They fled their homes and were chased by their enemies.
The leader of the Hokkiens called Kee led his people through the night seeking safety and when morning broke, to their horror they came across a vast, empty, sandy plain facing the sea! They were trapped as they could not retreat since the pirates were behind and could not move forward as they had no boats.
Death was imminent but Kee believed in Jade Emperor and asked every Hokkien to kneel to pray to the Jade Emperor to save their lives as they had nowhere to run. They could not even hide in trees or caves as the empty stretch of land was barren and empty.
All 9,000 Hokkiens prayed to Jade Emperor with mothers clutching their children and weeping, cuddling their children so they could shield their offspring from the swords with their backs.
Suddenly the sandy, desolate plain turned green and became filled with sugar cane plants! Thanking the Jade Emperor, leader Kee told his people to quickly hide amongv the sugar cane plants. However the evil pirates could still search for the Hokkien people amid the sugar cane plants by simply slashing randomly and ferreting out the survivors so it was like postponing the inevitable.
Then the Jade Emperor created a miracle!
The marauders could not see the sugarcame field at all!
All they saw was the flat, deserted wasteland, the same view the Hokkiens encountered when they arrived!
Modern day theorists claim Jade Emperor simply transported the sugarcane plantation and the hiding Hokkiens into another dimension, something like the 4th dimension. So the Hokkiens could see the pirates walking and searching for them while they could not see the Hokkiens!
Whatever the case, the pirates scanned the horizon and saw nothing but sand, sea and surf so they gave up and left, leaving the Hokkien people safe and sound to rebuild their houses and safeguard the lands.
To this day, Hokkiens remember how the Jade Emperor saved their ancestors' lives, thus allowing them to be born.
In the Lunar calendar, the day starts at 11pm so Hokkiens usually start their prayers at 11pm on the 8th day of Chinese New Year as an hour later it becomes the 9th day which is also the birthday of the Jade Emperor which heralds the start of the Hokkien New Year.
This is why stalks of sugar cane are placed at both sides of the altar dedicated to Jade Emperor. The sugarcane stalks also signify the new year will produce 'sweet' results as befit the sugar canes!
The 3 Gods of Longevity, Wealth and Happiness are placed in front of the image of Jade Emperor
MAITREYA THE LAUGHING BUDDHA OF THE FUTURE
THE ALL POWERFUL AND BENEVOLENT JADE EMPEROR WHO SAVED THE HOKKIENS
NOTICE THE STALKS OF SUGAR CANE AND THE PINEAPPLE WHICH IN HOKKIEN IS 'ONG LAI' WHICH RHYMES WITH 'LUCK COME'!
3 LONG TABLES LADEN WITH OFFERINGS TO JADE EMPEROR
DATO KEE HUA CHEE WEARS 2 RED COCKS IN HONOR OF YEAR OF FIRE COCK
DATO KEE HUA CHEE IS HOKKIEN AND PRAYS TO TI KONG
LONG TABLES LADEN WITH FOOD AND FRUITS
NO EXPENSES SPARED
FIREWORKS EVERY 20 MINUTES
5 WHOLE PIGS!
LITTLE TAIWAN CHEFS PREPARING YEE SANG TABLE FOR 200 PEOPLE
DATO KEE HUA CHEE BEING PALLY WITH GOD OF WEALTH
INSIDE THE MANSION OF DATUK K.T LIM
PRAY TO KUANYIN ALWAYS
GRAND AND SEDATE
DATIN VIVIAN CHAI, HOST WITH MOST DATUK K.T LIM AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE
THIS FOOD TENT STRETCHED 6 BUNGALOWS BUT NONE COMPLAINED AS DATUK KT LIM OWNED ALL !
THE LUCKY LIONS ARRIVED!
LIONS PAYING HOMAGE TO THE GODS
LIONS KOW TOW TO DATUK K.T LIM'S MANSION
ENTERING THE FOYER OF THE MANSION
FIRST MUST KNEED BEFORE THE 3 GODS OF HAPPINESS, LONGEVITY AND WEALTH
NOW PRAY TO FAMILY ALTAR OF DATUK K.T LIM
KOW TOW TO ANCESTORS OF DATUK KT LIM
LIONS TAKING A REST!!!
FROLICKING IN THE HOME OF DATUK K.T LIM!
TAKING A KIT KAT BREAK
I HAVE NEVER SEEN LIONS RELAXING LIKE THIS BEFORE!
DATUK K,T LIM AND HIS FATHER
LIONS PAYING RESPECT TO DATUK K,T LIM AND HIS FATHER
FAMILY OF DATUK K.T LIM
KONG HEE HUAT CHAI!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR OF FIRE COCK!
MAY THE JADE EMPEROR BESTOW BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS TO ALL
THE 9TH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR IS BIRTHDAY OF JADE EMPEROR
DATIN LIM WITH MUM AND 2 SONS
DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND DATIN LIM
DATIN LIM AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE
DATIN LIM SO BEAUTIFUL, CHARMING AND FRIENDLY
DATUK KT LIM'S GRAND FATHER
WORKS OF ART GALORE
WENT TO FIRST FLOOR TO SEE FIREWORKS
FRONT ROW VIEW
ENJOYING THE BEST SEATS!
VIEW TO THRILL
BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE!
BALCONY WITH A VIEW!
LITTLE TAIWAN'S CHEFS STILL WORKING TO CREATE YEE SANG FOR 200
DATIN VIVIANE CHAI IS THE BOSS OF LITTLE TAIWAN
STAGE WITH FOOD TENT FOR A 1000 GUESTS!
DATUK KT LIM GETTING HIS TITLE
NOW THE GOLDEN LIONS PREPARE TO KOWTOW TO DATUK KT LIM'S PARENTS AND FAMILY OUTSIDE HIS MANSION
KONG HEE HUAT CHAI!
DATUK KT LIM WITH PARENTS AND DATIN LIM AND CHILDREN
DATUK AND DATIN KT LIM WITH PARENTS AND SONS AND DAUGHTER
DATUK KT LIM WITH PARENTS AND SONS
SURE PROSPER IN 2017
BLESSED BY JADE EMPEROR
DATUK KT LIM WITH MUM AND DAD
DATIN VIVIANE CHAI, DATIN KT LIM AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE
MAY JADE EMPEROR BLESS YOU AND ME
VIEW FROM 3RD FLOOR
DATUK KT LIM'S PARTY OCCUPIED THE ENTIRE ROAD! LUCKILY HE OWNS ALL THE BUNGALOWS OMIGOD!
DATUK KT LIM'S BEDROOM
PRAY TO KUANYIN!
DATO KEE HUA CHEE'S PINK CROCODILE BAG ALSO PRAYS TO KUANYIN AND JADE EMPEROR!
KONG HEE,KONG HEE
SEE, THIS CROCODILE IS PRAYING TO JADE EMPEROR AND WISHING ALL KONG HEE HUAT CHAI! OMITOFU