Iconic Carpenter Street temple celebrates birth of deity in vibrant procession

President of Kuching Teochew Association Penghulu Tan Tuan Ngee (third left), Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Tan Kai who is the guest of honour and Kuching South City Hall mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng at the opening of Hiang Thian Siang Ti (Deity of the North) Temple annual procession held on Sunday (Dec 29, 2019).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Dec 30:  The Hiang Thian Siang Ti (Deity of the North) Temple’s annual procession was celebrated by its worshipers in vibrant colour and zeal marked by the resounding beats of gongs and drums.

Kuching Teochew Association vice president II Sim Kiang Chiok said as many as 170 temple bodies, Buddhist organisations and Taoist associations as well as lion troupes joined in the procession on Dec 29.

“Every year on the fourth of the 12th Month of the lunar calendar, this procession will be held to celebrate the birth of the deity of the temple – Hiang Thian Siang Ti.

“Despite the rain yesterday, the rain stopped last night.  As the weather was good, everything went smoothly.

“For this year, it was another successful event for our procession where we received good support from other fellow temples, Buddhist and Taoist organisations. Of course, not to forget the many lion troupes that joined us,” Sim told DayakDaily.

The procession received a lot of support from its worshipers and was not short of spectators this year, as huge crowds lined up along the procession route.

The event was organised by Kuching Teochew Association which runs the temple built at Carpenter Street more than 150 years ago by immigrants from China. —DayakDaily

Participants dressed up as the Monkey God for the procession.
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The deity of the Hiang Thian Siang Ti Temple – the Deity of the North.
The Kuching Teochew Association float.