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TEI CHONG WONG

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On the 24th day of the 9th month of the Lunar Calendar, there is Tei Chong Wong (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva - 梵語) Festival featuring Chinese Opera.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Young lady performing Hokkien / Hoklo Chinese opera during Tei Chong Wong festival in Sau Mau Ping.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Similar to high professional Cantonese troupe, this small troupe has also somebody helping to keep the clothing.

This troupe is using Hokkien Chinese dialect. It is part of the numerous Oral Traditions and Expressions in China and Hong Kong.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Some local people cannot understand so programmable LED signs, managed by computer, display the text in traditional characters. The sign is on the right side of this picture.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
There are such outdoor programmable LED signs for the audience to understand and indoor programmable LED signs for performers to remember the text.

Mobile Apps such as "WeChat" is nowaday used to share pictures with China Opera performers. A few years ago, a way to thank the performers was to print pictures for them.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
This chinese opera sequence features the emperor and multiple generals and officers.

Many performers are married and have husband / wife in the troupe. It seems that performers marry quite early, i.e around 20 to 22 years old.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Some Chinese opera performers bring their young baby during such trip to Hong Kong.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
One of the performers was 48 years old and was coming in Hong Kong since year 1993. He was working hard to pay university for his daughter!
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Chinese opera performers get 200 Yuan a day including basic food and lodging. Lodging is basic and inside the Chinese opera theater!

Tents are located inside the backstage.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Outside there are additional temporary constructions, i.e. table for meals, kitchen and bathroom to wash clothes. The temple includes also toilets and bathrooms.

There is one entrance / exit directly in the backstage. There is very limited room compared to a backstage for Cantonese opera.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
On the top of the stage and on each side also, there are two thin cords including folded banknotes.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Those folded banknotes can be seen during Hoklo Chinese opera only. It is belief from performers wishing to get rewards from the audience!


Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival


Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Traditional Hokkien Opera Music is really different from Cantonese Chinese opera or Teochew / Chiu Chow Chinese opera.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Some parts of this Hokkien opera are more like theater sequences and there is even no music played during some monologues.


Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Those red bills are covered with Chinese characters. They may indicate the coming festival timetable.

Many Hoklo people in Hong Kong worked in construction jobs and especially the drainage activities.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Those red bills summarize also the name of the various people having given a donation for the festival.

This temple is linked to the Sau Mau Ping flooding, which happened 40 years ago.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
This is the kitchen used in the temple for preparation of vegetarian meals.

This temple also organizes free lunch for the elderly people.

Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Donations for the deity and some golden plates to be distributed during the last evening.


Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
On the last evening, a ceremony for the election of the next chairman to be responsible of next year event organisation happens. Election is said to be selected by the gods.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
On the last day during the performance, an interlude happens with the official nomination of the new committee and some honorary tablets are given. A huge crown was present.
Tei Chong Wong festival
Tei Chong Wong festival
Last day for Chinese opera! The troupe performed during ten days. It is time to say good bye.



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