Penang Hungry Ghost Festival 2014 – 大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)

It’s now the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calender and it is this month that the Chinese folks belief that the gates of hell will be open. Dead souls are allowed to roam the streets of the living for this month. Phor Thor or the Hungry Ghost Festival is being held to worship the Tai Su Yah for good luck and protection.

This huge 大士爷 (Tai Su Yah) paper effigy is the largest in Malaysia. It is located at Jalan Pasar, Bukit Mertajam. The craft work on this paper effigy is just amazing.

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)

Dragon Incense

Tua Pek and Phor Kua

Thor Tay Kong and Jee Pek

Tai Su Yah

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)

大士爷

Paper "Ong Lai"

Bukit Mertajam Tai Su Yah

9 Emperor Gods Festival 2011 at George Town, Penang

This is the finale of the festival. After devoting to be vegetarian for 9 days, a procession is held over the streets of George Town towards Penang Jetty to send off the Kew Ong Tai Tay. At the temple, much is done by devotees as the rituals for send of the 9 Emperor Gods.

Trancing of the 三太子 or Na-zha deity is very popular and with plenty of joss sticks and fire challenge.

三太子 playing with burning joss sticks

头条路斗母宫 - Main Entrance

头条路斗母宫 (Tow Boe Keong Kew Ong Tai Tay)

头条路斗母宫

The Gong for the Gods

Huge Yellow Candle

The Temple of 9 Emperor Gods

三太子

The very long firecracker blasting

Firecracker blasting

This is an annual event taking place in George Town on the 9th month of the Lunar Calendar.