(MY) Vegetarian 'meat' is in for Nine Emperor Gods feast
- GEORGE TOWN: Taoists in the country are observing a strict vegetarian
diet in conjunction with the Nine Emperor Gods festival, but few feel
deprived of their usual meat dishes.
Vegetarian "meat" has become a popular addition to the festival's
diet. Saw Gim Hye, 48, who owns a vegetarian coffeeshop on Gat Lebuh
Macallum, said Hokkien mee was among the most popular vegetarian
dishes during this season.
During the Nine Emperor Gods festival, devotees celebrate the return
of Dou Mu, the Queen of Heaven and Goddess of the North Star and her
nine sons, deified as ren huang (human sovereigns).
Spanning nine days, the festival will conclude on Tuesday when
devotees make their way to the seaside to send the deities back to
heaven in exquisite floats.
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