10,000 devotees give King of Hades a grand send-off

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By TAN SIN CHOW

BUKIT MERTAJAM: More than 10,000 devotees turned up to offer prayers and witness the burning and grand send-off of the 9m tall effigy of Tai Su Yeah (King of Hades), believed to be the tallest in the country.

The event was the highlight of the 15-day Bukit Mertajam Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost) celebration.

To facilitate the event which was held on the last day of the celebration on Tuesday, Jalan Pasar was closed to traffic from 8pm until midnight while first aid personnel, voluntary fire-fighting squad and police were deployed to ensure crowd control and safety during the burning of the paper effigy.

The worshippers lined the street with joss sticks as they waited for the ceremony to begin.

Even a drizzle, said to cleanse the street and pave the way for Tai Su Yeah to be carried out for the burning, failed to dampen the spirit of the worshippers.

Huge turnout: Devotees praying as flames engulf the giant paper effigy of the King of Hades in Jalan Pasar, Bukit Mertajam on Tuesday.

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