Tomorrow 31 January 2012, the 9th Day of the 1st Moon in the Lunar-Solar Calender (used by Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese), is the MOST important day of the year for Hokkiens. Indeed, it's far more important than even Chinese New Year's Day or any other day.
The Hokkiens believe it’s the day their ancestors were saved by the Lord of Heaven from genocidal massacre. Traditional Hokkiens around the world, especially in Penang and Singapore, will make votive offerings to Th’nee Kong (Lord of Heaven) in remembrance of their salvation.
In Penang the yearly pilgrimage to the temple of the Jade Emperor (Lord of Heaven) at Bukit Bendera has already begun.
For more details about the Hokkiens’ most important day of the year, read my KTemoc Kongsamkok post Hokkien salvation in sugar cane fields.