I was passing by the Pek Kio area on Wednesday evening (3 August) when I chanced upon this 7th Lunar Month festival under a tent next to Block 44 Owen Road and Pek Kio Market & Food Centre.
I chatted with a couple of the organisers. According to them, the festival has been organised by stallholders of the market and food centre for at least 50 years.
The festival takes place on the 5th and 6th day of the 7th Lunar Month every year (2 and 3 August this year). Salvation prayers are held on the first day, while the second day is handed over to a banquet dinner and Hokkien opera.
The festival site had three parts - the altars, the dinner tables, and an opera stage.
The altars allowed devotees to pay respects to Tua Pek Kong and the Great Emperor Earth Official (Di Guan Da Di).
The organisers were happy to be able to resume their normal schedule this year, after two years of social distancing measures. They invited me to return next year.