Tuesday, April 29, 2014

12 May - 17 May 2014: Pulau Ubin Celebrates the Tua Pek Kong's birthday

Have you ever wondered what this interesting structure (left, photo below) at Ubin town is used for?
A stage seen at Ubin town.
[Photo by WildSingapore]
From 12 May to 17 May 2014, this stage will be transformed into a wayang (chinese opera) performance stage, showing Teochew opera.

It is the birthday celebration of the Tua Pek Kong (or Tu Di Gong/ Da Bo Gong). The Pulau Ubin Fo Shan Ting Da Bo Gong Temple has made arrangement for a grand celebrations of the deity's birthday with rituals, performances and even Getai (live stage) performance on the last night.

*Note* Another Taoist deity is too named Tu Di Gong, but they are different persons.
Celebration posters seen everywhere on Ubin and even on bumboats.
The better news is that bumboat services to and from Pulau Ubin will be FREE in the evening till night during this festive period.

More information about FREE evening bumboat service
From 12 May to 17 May 2014

Changi Jetty to Ubin Jetty:   6.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Ubin Jetty to Changi Jetty:   8.00 pm to 10.00 pm

Look out for the nicely decorated Ubin jetty that welcomes all visitors and worshipper to this joyous occasion on Pulau Ubin.
Ubin jetty decoration, May 2010.
Did I mention that fortune ang bao (red packets) will be given away to? It is while stock last!

Celebration rituals will begin in the mornings of 12 May and 13 May with Teochew opera performances every evening. This is one of the very few occasions where the probably-the-last wayang stage is transformed into a beautiful opera stage, mainly to entertain the gods and deities. However many people and tourists have been attracted to Pulau Ubin during these festivals to witness the dying Chinese opera culture.

On 17 May, the last night, the Teochew opera will perform in the morning at 10.00 am while the evening performance will be replaced with exciting live stage song singing show known as Getai. I am sure this climate performance in celebration of the Chinese earth god's birthday will be a great hit. So be sure to make a trip down to experience it.

If you are interested the following is a rough program guide for each day (translated to best ability):
Celebration schedule
12 May
10am - Welcoming the arrival of Da Bo Gong ritual
1pm -  Praying rituals begins
7pm - Luck/ Fortune enhancing rituals
7pm - Teochew Opera Performance
10pm - Welcoming the arrival of Jade Emperor ritual

13 May
10am - Congregation of worshippers worship ritual
1pm - Lion and dragon dance celebratory performance
2.30pm - Giving away of Altar blessed charms, while stock last.
3.30 pm - Departure of Jade Emperor ritual
7pm - Teochew Opera Performance
7.30pm - Bridge crossing ceremony

8pm - Birthday greetings by Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple and Hell Gods of Wealth (Tua Li Ya Pek)

14 May to 16 May
7pm - Teochew Opera Performance

17 May
10am - Teochew Opera Performance
6.45pm - Pulau Ubin Fo Shan Ting Da Bo Gong Temple’s Night! + Getai Performance
10.30pm -  Departure of Da Bo Gong ritual

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