Celebrations in Joss House Bay, Sai Kung. Hong Kong
Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, is believed to have been able to forecast the weather and save people from shipwrecks. Therefore fishermen visit temples making offerings and hold a variety of celebrations asking for safety and fine weather. And the 23rd day of the third Lunar month is designated as the birthday of Tin Hau.
Nowadays, there are more than 70 temples around Hong Kong dedicated to this goddess and various celebrations will be held during her birthday. There are festivities in Sai Kung where a brightly decorated procession of boats descends upon the temple there.
In addition to the boat parade, tens of thousands of worshippers visit the Tin Hau Temple at Joss House Bay every year, where traditional rites are performed. It is said that nearly 50,000 worshippers come to burn joss sticks in this temple overlooking the picturesque Joss House Bay!