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Birthday of Tam Kung | by H.L.Tam
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Birthday of Tam Kung

One of the few deities known only to Hong Kong, Tam Kung is also a patron of fishermen and boat people, having been able to forecast the weather. His birthday falls on the 8th day of the 4th Lunar month [28 Apr in 2012]. The main celebrations are held in Shau Kei Wan, a former fishing village at the eastern end of Hong Kong Island, and Happy Valley.


For many years, locals held an annual procession to commemorate the time when many people were saved from a plague. Discontinued in the face of urbanisation, it has now been revived with all the colour and pageantry of its origins, including lion and dragon dancers parading along the main street.

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Taken on April 28, 2012