To honor the widely revered Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea and Patron Saint of Fishermen, locals flock to over 70 temples dedicated to her across Hong Kong. Celebrations include a colorful procession of fishing boats through Sai Kung and a three-hour parade through Yuen Long with lion dancers and marching bands.
The quirky Cheung Chau Bun Festival welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year. Originally held to commemorate the end of a devastating plague 100 years ago, traditional celebrations include a floating colors parade, ´lucky´ bun baking and bun-gathering competitions.
For the birthday of the Buddha - Siddhartha Gautama - devotees flock to temples across Hong Kong to bathe statues of him using water, an act that pays homage to the legend of nine dragons that once bathed the newborn Buddha by spraying water. The grandest ceremony is found at Po Lin Monastery, home of the Big Buddha.
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