Date: Jan 26, 2020
By: Liu Pin-chuan and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Zihnan Temple (紫南宮), a famous temple to the Earth God (土地公) in Nantou County’sJhushan Township (竹山), drew nearly 70,000 worshipers yesterday — the first day of the Year of the Rat — to pray for prosperity.
The first in line for a “mother coin” (錢母) — which is believed to attract wealth and bring in more money throughout the year — distributed by the temple was an 81-year-old man surnamed Liao (廖), who said he had been waiting in line for five days.
The first 2,000 people in line received a “mother coin” and were eligible to take part in a lottery, with prizes ranging from NT$600 to NT$4,800 in cash, a golden ring, a “mother coin” set and a gold ingot, temple management committee director Chuang Chiu-an (莊秋安) said.
A local resident, surnamed Lo (羅), won the golden ingot, valued at NT$12,000.