Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple on Waterloo Street will this year resume the tradition of allowing devotees to “borrow” angpows from the Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin).
This tradition has been interrupted for the past two years due to Covid-19.
According to the Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobaothe temple will allow devotees to borrow angpows from February 16.
The event will end when the angpows run out.
During this time, the temple will continue to admit people based on the odd and even numbers of its NRIC number as part of safety distancing and crowd control measures.
The temple does not accept offerings such as fruits and flowers.
“Borrow angpow” from Guan Yin
While the Chinese New Year usually lasts for 15 days, there is an event on the 26th day of the first lunar month where devotees believe that Quan Yin will open its treasury to help those in need.
By borrowing an angpow from Quan Yin, the person believes that he will be blessed for the rest of the year.
The angpow usually contains one coin.
What some devotees will do after “borrowing” the angpow is to keep the angpow in their wallet for good luck.
Those who borrow an angpow will have to “return” the angpow at the end of the year.
This is what the angpow looks like:
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