by A Total TaiTai Tale
People in Singapore have been worshipping the Monkey God since as early as 1920, when the Tiong Bahru Qi Tian Gong Temple, which is allegedly the first Monkey God temple, was established. The Birthday of the Monkey God is celebrated annually on the 15th or 16th day of the First Lunar Month. While it is observed mostly by Singaporeans, people of other nationalities, such as Indonesians, Malaysians, and Thais, are known to celebrate it too. Celebration often involves mediums referred to as Tan Kees performing “miraculous feats”, which includes piercing their own flesh and blood-penning. During the occasion there are also non-violent activities, including vocal performances on the street and lion dances. The Birthday of the Monkey God is generally deemed as Taoist in nature.
You now know a little more about the Monkey God Festival and you didn’t even have to click on a link to find out. You are welcome 😉
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