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.
DATUK K.T LIM IN MIDDLE WITH FRIENDS
THE MAGNIFICENT OPENAIR ALTAR ON THE ROAD IN FRONT OF DATUK KT LIM'S MANSION. HIS NEIGHBORS DID NOT COMPLAIN AS HE HAPPENS TO OWN ALL THE BUNGALOWS ON THE ROAD!
GOLDEN ALTAR TO JADE EMPEROR THE KING OF HEAVEN
FIRECRACKERS BEFORE THE 200-PAX YEE SANG BY LITTLE TAIWAN
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!
LAUGHING BUDDHA, THE 3 GODS OF HAPPINESS, LONGEVITY AND WEALTH AND JADE EMPEROR WITH SUGARCANE STALKS
NOTE THE SUGARCANES AND PINEAPPLES WHICH SOUND LIKE 'LUCK COME' IN HOKKIEN!
GUESTS PRAYING AT OPEN AIR ALTAR TO JADE EMPEROR
LITTLE TAIWAN CHEFS CREATED THE YEE SANG TABLE FOR 200 GUESTS TO TOSS IN GOOD LUCK
ALL SET FOR 200-PAX YEE SANG
BUT FIRST, MORE FIRE CRACKERS!
READY TO TOSS IN GOOD LUCK
LEFTOVER YEE SANG!
GUESS WHOSE ROLLS-ROYCE? DATUK KT LIM'S OF COURSE WITH A SUPER RARE NUMBER PLATE
LAMBORGHINI ALSO BELONGS TO DATUK KT LIM
MG 1 ALSO IS DATUK KT LIM PUNYA!
WHAT AN UNIQUE NUMBER!
I WAS BORN ON A 7!
NO WONDER THIS CAR AND I ARE PERFECT!
DATO KEE HUA CHEE IS A PERFECT 7
DATO KEE HUA CHEE WITH GODS OF LONGEVITY, HAPPINESS AND WEALTH
PRAY TO JADE EMPEROR
DATIN KT LIM SETS THE BALL ROLLING WITH A DANCE
FUN FUN FUN
DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY UNTIL THE LAST HIGHLIGHT...
DATIN KT LIM DANCING ON ROAD
THIS CHILD STOLE THE SHOW
AND NOW FOR THE LAST HIGHLIGHT...
THROWING RM 20,000 WORTH OF CASH TO EVERYONE!
GIMME GIMME GIMME
WAITING FOR MORE ANGPOWS TO BE THROWN
THERE THEY GO FLYING THROUGH THE AIR
DATUK KT LIM THROWING CASH INSIDE ANGPOW PACKETS
EACH ANGPOW CONTAINED RM 100, RM 50, RM 20 AND A FEW HAD RM 5
IN ADDITION, IF THE RINGGIT INSIDE HAS DATUK KT LIM'S SIGNATURE YOU ALSO GET A RM 2,000 HAMPER!
GROWN-UPS ALSO LOVE ANGPOWS
FUN FUN FUN
FINAL BATCH TO BE THROWN
EVEN THOSE AT THE BACK RECEIVED ANGPOWS WHICH DATUK KT LIM ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK
DATUK KT LIM'S WIFE MANAGED TO GET A RM 50 ANGPOW!
DATIN KT LIM IS KEEPING THIS NOTE AS GOOD LUCK CHARM AND WILL NOT SPEND IT
CHILDREN AT WORK
STILL GOT MORE ANGPOWS!
NOW TO GIVE AWAY THE HAMPERS
FINALLY ON POPULAR REQUEST, DATUK KT LIM SANG