Before I came to Hong Kong, I had never heard of the sea deity known as Tam Kung. Since moving here though, I have to say his birthday parade through the streets of Shau Kei Wan and that involving the Tai Hang fire dragon dance have become two of my very favorite festive occasions. And while it's true enough that the main attractions of the Tam Kung Birthday Parade are dancing dragons, lions and unicorns, the large flags that get carried as part of the procession do make for a colorful sight too.
Still, when push comes to shove, what makes those two festivals so fun for someone like me is that one can feel like one gets to be in the thick of things through the fact that -- as hopefully can be seen in the upper photo in this week's Photo Hunt entry -- one can end up pretty much in the same space as the parade participants! Alternatively put, it all can really feel like quite the interactive and inclusive as well as far from generic tourist experience. ;b