The Cheng Leong Keong Celebration Committee held a week-long celebration of the birthday of Por Seng Tai Tay, which falls on 15th day of the 3rd moon (corresponding to 24th April this year), by holding nightly Teochew opera shows and singing by local artistes. Some of these shows were sponsored by devotees to show their appreciation for the blessings bestowed upon them by the Deity of Healing, Por Seng Tai Tay.
Devotees seeking help from Deity Por Seng Tai Tay will use the correct containers with pre-numbered bamboo sticks and shake the container to get a bamboo stick out of it (refer to photo 4). Then they used almost crescent-shaped wooden implements in photo 5 to see whether the bamboo stick is the correct one. After praying and dropping them, they should fall with one right side up and one wrong side up (as shown outside the box in photo 5). If the bamboo stick is the correct one, then devotees proceed to get the prescription paper from temple staff on duty from prescription boxes (as shown in photo 6).
For devotees asking for medicine, they then proceed to a Chinese Medical Hall to purchase the medicine for consumption, application etc.
Photo 1 – Cheng Leong Keong at night
Photo 2 – Singing by local artistes to commemorate the week-long birthday celebration of Por Seng Tai Tay.
Photo 3 – Celebration Committee Members and guests watching the live shows on stage. The yellow papers show donations from devotees towards the week-long celebration of the birthday of Por Seng Tai Tay.
Photo 4 – from left to right – Container 1 for punters to ask for numbers; Container 2 & 3 for asking for help in all matters; Container 4 (with spectacles) for asking for medicine for eye ailments; Container 5 (with mortar and pestle) for medicine for external application; Container 6 for medicine for children and Containers 7 & 8 for medicine for consumption by adults.
Photo 5 – Wooden implements used to ascertain whether the bamboo stick is the correct one.
Photo 6 – Prescription boxes holding prescription papers for devotees to collect from temple staff on duty.
Photo 7 – Bell presented by the late Khoo Thean Teik in 1888. He was the main benefactor in the construction of the temple in the late 1880s (some time from 1882 to 1888) and also sat on the first Board of Trustees of the temple.
Photo 8 – Finale of show by well-known local artiste, Chang Mei Lin, sponsored by a devotee.
Photo 9 – Chang Mei Lin with a Mandarin rendition much to the delight of the crowd.
Photo 10 – Altar of Por Seng Tai Tay in Cheng Leong Keong, Jelutong, Penang.