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Tai O Dragon Boat Deities Parade 大澳端午遊涌 | by H.L.Tam
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Tai O Dragon Boat Deities Parade 大澳端午遊涌

During the annual Dragon Boat Festival, three fishermen associations in Tai O, the tranquil fishing village in west Lantau, organise a religious activity known as a "Deities Parade".

On the morning before the Dragon Boat Festival, members of the associations row their dragon boats to visit four temples, Yeung Hau, San Tsuen Tin Hau, Kwan Tai and Hung Shing, and carry the deity statues to their associations' hall for worship.

On the day of the Festival, the deity statues are put on sacred sampans towed by the dragon boats of the associations to parade through Tai O waters and to pacify the wandering water ghosts.

Residents of the stilt houses along the water-courses burn paper offerings as the dragon boats pass by. The deity statues are then returned to the respective temples after the ritual.

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Taken on June 22, 2012