I’ve clarified with the older folks at the 8th day of CNY festival regarding the story of why the Hokkien people have a special prayer. It seems like the Hokkiens were being persecuted in
Thus on the 8th day of CNY, Hokkiens will pray to Theen Kong which is one of the Chinese Gods and offer prayers, food and sugar cane. And if one can afford it, there’s usually a whole roasted pig too.
One other surprising thing I found out is that the overseas Chinese (ie those who have immigrated overseas about 3 generations ago like the Malaysian Chinese) uphold the Chinese traditions more than the Chinese in
So in some way, being as banana as I am, I may be more Chinese than mainland Chinese!
Here are some pics from the ceremony last night.
I learnt about the festival and being Chinese. And anything with fire and roasted pork is bound to be a good event!