The Goddess of the Sea Tin Hau is the patron saint of Hong Kong since the entire livelihood was tied to the ocean in the past. People celebrated Tin Haus Birthday every year, and it's so-called "Tin Hau Festival". You will find the celebrations in the fishing villages bring out the festive atmosphere of the communities with a riot of colors and lively remembrance in honor of this most honored deity. Tin Hau Festival is celebrated on the 23rd of the 3rd month in the Lunar Calendar, and it normally falls in April or May in the Western calendar. In 2017, it will be on Tuesday, 8th May 2018.
Every year, the Tin Hau Festival attracts thousands of worshipers to the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Joss House Bay. With its history and magnificent architecture, it is listed as one of the A Graded Historic Buildings in Hong Kong. After worshiping in the main temple, visitors are welcomed to touch the dragon bed in the side temple to get some luck. You may also get to the Rock Inscription at Joss House Bay, a Declared Monument in Hong Kong, to learn about the temples history. There is the only readable rock inscription among all the nine existing sites in Hong Kong inside of the Tin Hau temple
The celebrations include parades loaded with Kung Fu troupes, marching bands, lots of drumming, lion and dragon dances, the Fa Pau floats....
Fa Paus are beautiful towers adorned with paper floral tributes and are unique during the Tin Hau Festival to honor the Goddess of the Sea. There are also the usual feasts and offerings, in the coastal areas the boat processions, paper and incense burning and of course firecrackers.
Festival program itinerary:
- 11:30am/11:45am: Embark from Tsim Sha Tsim / Central Pier 9
- 11:45am to 12:45pm: Victoria Harbour -> Lei Yuen Moon -> Tin Hau Temple, Joss Bay (Drinks & Snacks serve on board)
- 12:45pm to 1:45pm: Time to spend at Tin Hau Temple
- 2:00pm: Board from Tin Hau Temple, Joss Bay
- 2:00pm to 3:15pm: Tin Hau Festival Boat Parade on the sea (Dim Sum lunch on board)
- 3:15pm / 3:30pm: Disembark at Tsim Sha Tsui / Central Pier 9