TIN HAU BIRTHDAY
Each year, Hong Kong celebrates the birthday of Tin Hau (天后誕), also known as the Queen of Heaven and Goddess of the Sea, who enjoys a special place in people's hearts thanks to the territory's long maritime history. Many people in Hong Kong still owe their livelihood to the sea and celebrate Tin Hau's birthday every year.
During Tin Hau Festival, dragon dances and lion Dances are performed on the streets and in temple yards.
Previously the festival was celebrated by a colorful competition. Small associations were represented by young men who fought over lucky coins fired from a small cannon. The Hong Kong Police has banned this competition in the early 1960s.
The Chiu Chow people in Hong Kong have their own Tin Hau festival.
Such Chinese opera troupe stay short time in Hong Kong. They come from Mainland China. They come back to Hong Kong for other traditional festivals such as Hungry Ghost festival.
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