Hong Sun Sek Temple in Port Dickson has been established for around 120 years, and is one of the oldest temples in Port Dickson. In olden days the temple was built on a small scale, its former spot (now dismantled) not far from the current address, eventually shifting due to the increase in devotees. The shift happened more than 60 years ago, and the temple is still attended by many devotees. The principal deity worshipped in the temple is Lord GuǎngZé, on the main altar sits a statue of Lord GuǎngZé worshipped since the establishment of the temple, an important relic of the temple, extremely valuable.
Lord GuǎngZé is one of the deities worshipped by China folk, he was a shepherd who is smart and filial, hence being known as the world’s most filial son in folklore. His unique appearance of having his right leg curled up but his left leg hanging down is said to be caused by his reluctant mother holding onto his left leg trying to stop him from ascending to heaven when he was 16 years old.
Hong Sun Sek Temple in Port Dickson organises a celebration every twelve years to show gratitude for heavenly blessings, lighting candles and offering sacrifices. This year marks the 10th time of the celebration, in conjunction with the 120th birthday of Lord GuǎngZé at Hong Sun Sek Temple in Port Dickson, the celebration is held on a large scale over three days. The ceremony where all deities go on a parade for freshwater invitation attracts crowds of devotees joining together. Under the accompaniment of dragon dances and lion dances troupes, all deities and devotees walk several kilometres away to a well. The clean and fresh water drawn up from the well will be used on the next day, which is Lord GuǎngZé’s birthday (22nd day on the second month of the lunar calendar), at a fortunate timing as a token of appreciation to the heavenly lord.
Text: Daniel Lim & Pua Hui Wen
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