CHINESE NEW YEAR
After Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Che Kung Temple is probably the second most popular temple in Hong Kong. The Che Kung Festival, held on the third day of the Chinese New Year, sees thousands of worshippers gathering here and pray for good fortune. People line up to burn joss sticks and turn a bronze prayer-wheel to hope for fortune in the coming year.
Each year, the annual Lunar New Year ritual in Che Kung temple is broadcasted on HK local channels. It is very important to know if an auspicious fortune stick will be drawn by the chairman. An auspicious fortune stick indicates the economy will grow and run smoothly in the coming year!
Some families invite a Lion dance troupe to their home as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Lunar New Year as well as to force-evict bad spirits out of the premises.