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TIN HAU BIRTHDAY

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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.

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This event in Kowloon City on Agyle Street playground is related to Tin Hau deity birthday festival.

During Tin Hau Festival, dragon dances and lion Dances are performed on the streets and in temple yards.

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Clothes offering for the spirits. Those beautiful papers offerings will be burnt at the end of the festivities.
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Big colourful and huge traditional panels announce the Tin Hau deity birthday festival in Kowloon city.
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In some areas, the chinese opera theatre is no longer a traditional bamboo structure but is made thanks to concrete pillars.

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.

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Colourful Chinese opera performance during Tin Hau deity birthday festival in Kowloon City.
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All structures are build temporary for the Tin Hau festival that is lasting three days.
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Those offerings are put inside the gods shed. Some items become holy thanks to the monks or Taoist priests.
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The Tin Hau statue is moved to this temporary altar and is facing the Chinese opera theater.
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This Chinese opera troupe is coming from Fujiang. The dialect of Fujiang is similar to Chiu Chow so they can pick up easily and perform Chiu Chow opera in Hong Kong.

The Chiu Chow people in Hong Kong have their own Tin Hau festival.

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Life inside the Chinese opera backstage is not easy. Sometimes performers just have a frugal dinner such as a bowl of porridge.

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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Busy makeup station inside the Chinese opera backstage. Cotton used for makeup keeps accumulating.
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List of donators including the sum offered for the Tin Hau festival organisation.
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All structures are build temporary for the Tin Hau festival that is lasting three days. This is the holy robes shed.



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