This Year, 2011 aka Xin Mao Year (辛卯年), He Bi Shan Temple (新加坡何碧山宮) had conducted a very Rare and Special Ritual dedicating to Shang Yuan Festival (上元) and also, the Honouring of Heavenly Lord Tian Guan (天官大帝).
One of the Major Event for this Year was – Collecting of the Prosperity Rice from different Families and after then, this Prosperity Rice will be distributed to ALL Devotees and the Neighbour-hoods on this coming Sunday – which is Jing Zhe Day (驚螫日), 2nd Day of Lunar 2 Month (農曆二月初二日) for a the Blessing of Prosperity and also, for Kids who are facing some Child-illnesses issues.
He Bi Shan Temple had prepared and packed a total of 200over Packets for Distribution and for the whole Day, there will be Porridge prepared from the Prosperity Rice for everyone.
This Collecting of Prosperity Rice was actual a Practise that being evolved from the Collecting of Five-bushes Rice (五斗米) by Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (張祖天師) in the Han Dynasty (漢朝年間).
During the Han Dynasty, while the Taoists engaged Heavenly Master for Blessing on the San Yuan Festivals (三元日) or Curing of Illnesses, the Taoists would need to contribute a total of Five Bushes of Rice to Heavenly Master Zhang – which later, the Rice will be distributed to the Poor or Needys.
Besides that, there were also sayings that, for those who consumed the Prosperity Rice collected on the San Yuan Festivals, Oneself’s Sins & Debts will be Eliminated (赦罪解厄) and Prosperity will be Bestowed upon the Person (並賜福).
With strong belief in Promoting Heavenly Master’s Teaching and Continuing of Taoist Culture, this Year, He Bi Shan Temple had decided to follow the Teaching of Heavenly Master – by collecting the Prosperity Rice and then Blessed it and distribute it out to the Public, hoping that Everyone staying in the Area will be Blessed.
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