When the clock strikes twelve zero one at midnight, the sound of firecrackers will be heard.
Yes, it is T'neah Kong Sneah (The Birthday of the Jade Emperor) again.
Legend has it that the Hokkien people were saved from being slaughtered by their enemies when they hid among the leaves of the sugarcane when they passed by a sugarcane plantation. Hence, on T'neah Kong Sneah, the main item is a pair of sugarcane plants with all its leaves and roots intact tied to the legs of the altar used to pray to the Jade Emperor of the Heavenly Realm. It is a way the Hokkien people say thank you to this plant for saving their lives.
Other items for prayer include 'ong lai' (pineapple) to bring in good luck, 'nian gao' to symbolises getting promotion year after year.
Happy praying to the Jade Emperor to all Chinese, especially the Hokkiens.
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