No Sai Yong Hong troupe performance on that night as it was a rest
day for the troupe!
Another Deity Festival is happening in a Chinese community in
The event is happening in a neighbourhood located near
Wat Anong (วัดอนงค์), Bangkok.
Many offerings such as fruits, flowers, sweets are placed on the altar.
The celebration is announced through a red banner with Chinese characters.
There is also a very colorful paper red horse used by the Chinese gods.
No more Chinese opera today. On that day it was outdoor cinema as part of
the last two days of the festival!
To hire a Chinese opera troupe for 3 days, it costs 40 000 baht for one night.
Around 40 to 50 people come watching every day.
Next year, the local commitee will not hire a Chinese Opera troupe again as
it is too expensive and there isn't any financial help.
The deity festival last 5 days, i.e. 3 days for Chinese Opera and
2 last days for outdoor cinema. Outdoor cinema (หนังกลางแปลง)
is cheaper, i.e. 7000 to 8000 baht a day. Three movies are shown, i.e. a foreign movie,
a Chinese movie and a Thai movie (Pee Mak - พี่มาก..พระโขนง.).
Khlong San District is an old district with a rich history and still many old
buildings to see.
This Chinese shrine is located close to Princess Mother Memorial Park
on the west bank of Chao Phraya River.
Today Chinese opera troupe is เตี่ยเกี๊ยะอี่ไหล่ซุง,
considered as a small troupe.
Altars for gods are usually found on backstages in most Chinese Opera theatres.
Before performing, troupe members would make incense offerings to the gods
and pray for their blessings.
Kwan Yam is sometimes depicted in her multiple arms form.
It is said that she can have thousands of arms.
One belief popular in folklore maintains that rubbing Fat Buddha's belly
can bring wealth, good health.
Today event is happening in Chao Pho Suea Shrine