DATUK K.T LIM IN WHITE PRAYING TO JADE EMPEROR OR TI KONG THE KING OF HEAVEN
DATUK KT LIM GIVING THANKS TO JADE EMPEROR THE KING OF HEAVEN IN A SPECTACULAR RM 1 MILLION, MOTHER OF ALL PAI TI KONG CEREMONIES
DATIN KT LIM PRAYING TO JADE EMPEROR
GIGANTIC DRAGON JOSS STICKS
DATIN VIVIAN CHAI OF LITTLE TAIWAN RESTAURANT AND PENNY PRAY TO JADE EMPEROR
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 teh 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!
6 WHOLE PIGS WERE OFFERED TO JADE EMPEROR
NO EXPENSE WAS SPARED
DATUK KT LIM LEADING PRAYERS TO TI KONG THE KING OF HEAVEN AT 11 PM ON 8TH NIGHT OF LUNAR NEW YEAR AS IN 1 HOUR IT WOULD BE THE 9TH DAY WHICH IS THE BIRTHDAY OF JADE EMPEROR
GIANT JOSS STICKS WITH DRAGON MOTIFS
LIGHTING JOSS STICKS
DATUK KT LIM LEADS THE PRAYERS TO TI KONG AS JADE EMPEROR HAS BLESSED HIM SO ABUNDANTLY
DATO KEE HUA CHEE HAS BEEN BLESSED BY JADE EMPEROR TOO
GUESTS PRAYING TO TI KONG
DATO KEE HUA CHEE PRAYING TO JADE EMPEROR FOR ANOTHER HAPPY YEAR
DATIN KT LIM PRAYING TO JADE EMPEROR
ALL HAIL THE JADE EMPEROR AND KING OF HEAVEN! THE GOD WHO SAVED THE HOKKIENS!
PRAY TO TI KONG ALWAYS
DATIN VIVIAN CHAI AND PENNY PRAY TO TI KONG
LIONS ENCIRCLING THE TABLES
GUESTS QUEUING TO PRAY TO JADE EMPEROR
LION DANCE ON POLES
EVEN THE LION STOPS DANCING TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO FIRE CRACKERS!
THE FIRE CRACKERS WERE 20-STOREY HIGH! AMAZING AS THEY LASTED 15 MINUTES!
GIANT 20-STOREY CRANE HOLDING THE FORE CRACKERS WHICH LASTED 15 MINUTES
FROZEN LION WATCHING FIREWORKS INTENTLY
MOTIONLESS LION LISTENING TO FIRE CRACKERS
NOW CAN DANCE AGAIN!
FIRECRACKERS WENT OFF AT REGULAR INTERVALS
SKY HIGH FIRECRACKERS
LION DANCING AGAIN
LION IS ENRAPTURED BY FIREWORKS
THE YEE SANG TABLE FOR 200 GUESTS IS READY!
FIREWORKS AND FIRECRACKERS! WHAT A COMBO!
THANKS FOR HOSPITALITY!
LONG LIVE DATUK KT LIM!
WHAT A GOOD LIFE