It's been some years since I last went to Shau Kei Wan on Tam Kung's birthday. And it was interesting to see how much of the festivities seemed familiar but also how much more I was able to notice, now that my Hong Kong cultural knowledge has increased. With regards to the former: I think I actually noticed certain "lions" and "dragons" which had caught my eye in previous years! And with regards to the latter: for the first time at the festival, I got to realizing that all the "creatures" (be they "lions", "dragons", etc.) make ritual bows at the entrances of the temples they pass along the parade route.
In addition, I actually don't recall the parade transport for the drummers for the lion and dragon dances having been as elaborate some eight years ago as they now are. But as far as this shutterbug is concerned, it's very welcome as it adds one more impressive element to one of my favorite festive parades to take in -- not just in Hong Kong but the world! :b
Are these unicorn dancers I see before me? :O
The most fleet-footed lion (dancers) I've ever seen!
Confetti shot up into the air add to the festive mood
in front of Shau Kei Wan's Tam Kung Temple
Yes, roast pig offerings are part and parcel
of the Tam Kung Birthday parade! ;b
Enter the dragon! :)
Lion transport! :)
Dragon, phoenix, Monkey God and other deities on parade!
Some day, she'll be part of the parade too... ;)