The Nine Emperor Festival last for 9 days and devotees turn vegetarian during this period to achieve ritual cleansing. Devotees, including non Chinese Ones, pray for blessings and to get rid of misfortunes and bad luck. The festival starts on the last day of the 8th lunar month with invitation of the Nine Emperors to the temple. The deities are welcomed at bodies of water rivers banks and at the welcome ceremony, there are urns representing the nine emperors. At the river bank or beach, the Taoist Priest began with a series of chants and nine sedan chairs are prepared to receive the spirits of the Nine Emperors.