Date: 20~28 October 2017
Venue: Various Places in Penang and Tow Boo Kong
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (Kew Ong Yeah) is celebrated on the 1st till the 9th day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar. It is celebrated for the spirirts of the Nine Gods to descend upon earth by possessing spirit mediums and putting them in a trance. Throughout this festival, many rituals such as skewering and fire walking ceremonies are carried out. Devotees also practice vegetarian diet for the nine days. On the last day, the Gods are sent off through a procession leading to the sea on an “Emperor Boat” accompanied by many other colorful floats.