Sunday, March 15, 2009

Guan Yin's Birthday

Today is Guan Yin's (Goddess of Mercy; 观音) birthday. According to the Chinese culture, Guan Yin's birthday is celebrated on the 19th day of the 2nd, 6th and 9th lunar months.

This year, the first Guan Yin's birthday celebration falls on 15 March 2009 (or the 19th day of 2nd lunar month). To celebrate her birthday, many buddhists offer longevity buns (寿桃) to Guan Yin. Besides longevity buns (with lotus seed paste), some buddhists also offer huat kuehs ("prosperity cake"; 发糕) and mee sua (wheat vermicelli; 面线).

Longevity Buns (red), Huat Kueh (orange) & Mee Sua (white)


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27 comments:

EastCoastLife said...

My hubby went to Waterloo Street's guan yim temple to pray early this morning. It was very crowded. he brought back lots of the buns. :P

napaboaniya said...

OMG!! Today is GuanYing Dan!??!?!
Gulpz, I forgot all about it!

Anya said...

Again learned something new, I had never heard of ;)
Thanks for the explanation and it is interesting to know.
Is this also a public holiday in Singapore???
The buns looked delicious, let your tastes :)))

Heart of Rachel said...

Thank you for sharing about this interesting tradition. I like learning about other cultures.

tigerfish said...

I don't even know it is Guan Yin's birthday. :O
Her birthday you also know...wah!

Food For Tots said...

The offerings used in Spore is diff than in Msia.

LEon said...

I bought on of this for today breakfast although I not celebrating. No wonder they are selling it since yesterday. thanks for the info Dora.

luna miranda said...

looks like a feast for Guan Yin's birthday.:) i find the last photo funny.:D

lupusurvivor said...

you are up to date with feast in your country. nice! and the pics are colorful.

thanks for visiting my WS!

Ebie said...

That's a lot of longevity buns, and a lot of long life for all of us. Thanks for sharing your festival and culture.

My entry is here:

http://themain-ingredient.info/2009/03/15/weekend-snapshot-wayfarers-chapel/

SASSY MOM said...

That's one bit of info for me. Those are really colorful buns.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

I first thought they were pink fortune cookies:)

Indrani said...

Nice to know about your culture and such a wonderful shot of the buns!

FickleMinded said...

sometimes I don't understand why ,US,Asians are so into this Longevity,Longlife, and all stuff like that, why do we need or want to live very long?In the Philippines, I know, (I do it here in Canada and back in US as well)that every birthday we have to cooked noodles, it doesn't matter what kind of noodles, as long as you cooked one bec it means it will bring long life. :)

sunnymama said...

They make such pretty pictures!

Enchie said...

another informative entry :D im happy to learn about this/ your festival :)

Karen said...

Wow, i got curious about longevity buns.

uncleawang said...

Lovely color buns...nice shot.
Thanks for droping by .

maiylah said...

lovely colors! do you eat the buns, too? they do look quite tasty ... we also have mee sua (we usually spell them as misua; the pronunciation's the same, i think. maybe the type of noodle, too ...lol) here. been ages since we had those ... :)

Marites said...

cute colors, i particularly like the last one:) i wonder how they taste?

Tastes of Home said...

hehe, my mom was reminding me of this - great pics!! brings back memories :)

Jade said...

Wow this is interesting.I really learn so much by bloghopping...I am curious too, the buns can they be eaten or is it only for offering?

Little Inbox said...

Longevity buns are yummy! Most Kuan Yin prayers go for vegetarian on that day.

Arlene said...

Interesting colored buns. Does anyone eat them after being offered to the gods?

Even if i don't have money to celebrate for my bday i make sure that i eat something long and even eat something sweet during my birthday.

Amber Star said...

My word...I'd not have know about quan yin's birthday without your post. Happy day and happy ruby tuesday and happy St. Pat's day,too.

Tink *~*~* said...

Yummy-looking, but why does she have three birthdays? Was she born thrice?

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Ralph said...

The buns, in a striking pink, look so artistic, almost too pretty to consume!