The century old annual ritual of Poh Hock Seah Twa Peh Kong Chneah Hoay (“Chneah Hoay” in Hokkien, means Flame-Watching ritual) cum procession is from the 14th day to the 16th day of lunar month 1. At 2p.m. on the 14th day of lunar month 1, Poh Hock Seah send the Twa Peh Kong “kim-sin” (“kim-sin” in Hokkien means statue), Hneoh Tnah (“Hneoh Tnah” in Hokkien means incense basket with holy urn) and “Chiew Lor” (“Chiew Lor” in Hokkien means hand held incense urn) to Tanjong Tokong Thai Pak Kong temple. They have a procession on foot from the Seah at Armenian Street to Magazine Road. And thereafter, by pre-arranged bus to Tanjong Tokong Thai Pak Kong temple.
At 10p.m., all Poh Hock Seah members gathered at the Thai Pak Kong temple to prepare for the Chneah Hoay ceremony which will begin at high tide. Only male members of the Seah are allowed to participate in the Chneah Hoay ceremony. All lights including candle lights and oil lamps in the temple will be put off before the fanning for the flame will begin. They cut off the burning ends of incense sticks and put into the holy urn in the Hneoh Tnah. They start fanning the holy urn which has been filled with cut-off burning ends of incense sticks until the fire has been ignited. The fanning is done three times, each representing the trimester in the coming year. After the flame watching ceremony is over, the lights in the temple are lit again, and public are allowed to enter the temple to worship.