The first day of the festival at Ampang Nan Tian Gong Nine Emperor Gods temple started off as a quite day immersed in prayers and offerings. However, the mood became very festive after 6pm, probably due to the next day being a public holiday in Malaysia for Awal Muharram. By 8pm, the crowds were surging in, the opera blaring away and incense smoke pouring through the vents and doors of the temple.
|Devoted to her prayers... she is a picture of calm in the sea of moving devotees in the temple.|
Then a heavy downpour came and somewhat slowed everything down. It was more of a gridlock scenario as devotees crammed into whatever sheltered space available to avoid the rain. The crowd then slowly thins out as the night passes.
|Peace (ie safety) wherever you go... a LED sign hanging from one of the stalls outside the temple.|
|Reciting prayers to the Nine Emperor Gods.|
|Yes or no.... the lady was throwing divination blocks to obtain an answer from the Nine Emperor Gods.|
|Tortoise buns with lucky lottery number - a popular offering in this festival.|
|The atmosphere of the temple at 7pm was rather quiet, as can be seen from this shot.|
|The crowds came around 8pm... you could hardly move through the road without elbowing someone.|
|A costume's equivalent of a bad hair day - Chinese opera actors and actresses were performing on stage.|
|Reflections - after a heavy downpour. It didn't dampen the spirits of the visitors and they continued on despite the wet ground full of puddles.|
The second day will probably be more festive and crowded as there will be a procession at 7pm to invite the Finance Minister, Tian Fu Yuan Shuai.