Yesterday (Friday the 13th, more than incidentally!) and for much of this morning, I was wondering whether I'd be able to take part in this week's Photo Hunt because Blogger went wonky (doing such as not allowing new posts, making me think I had accidentally deleted a recent blog entry and somehow having my first name appear in place of my initials in the "posted by" spaces of my blog!). And this even more so after finding that my post on the Fringe Club as Hong Kong landmark and movie location had been restored as well as an official Blogger is Back announcement but (still) not (yet) the online home of Photo Hunt founder, tnchick.
However a spot of Googling yielded the information that tnchick's online base can now be found here (and, actually, not so old posts still here too). So eureka re not having to miss this week's -- ironically, enough -- missing/missed-themed Photo Hunt!
In the celebratory spirit, here's posting up four photos taken at a parade of "unicorns", "lions", "dragons" and more to commemorate the Birthday of Taoist god, Tam Kung, one of three festive events that are celebrated on the same day each year (on the Chinese lunar calendar's eight day of the fourth moon) here in Hong Kong. And for the record, yes, this day is a public holiday in the Big Lychee.
Unfortunately for me, however, I'm one of those people who has to work on public holidays (unless they fall on weekends -- since I am at least fortunate enough to now be in a job where I have a five day week). So this year, as with last year, I missed being there for the the Birthday of Tam Kung celebrations which I had so enjoyed attending in 2008 and 2009 (when the festivities had taken place on a weekend).
More than incidentally, the Birthday of Tam Kung celebrations (which center in Shau Kei Wan) tend to be overshadowed by the Cheung Chau Bun Festival held to thank fellow Taoist god Pak Tai on the same day in the year. So much so that there are many Hong Kong residents, never mind tourists, who aren't all that familiar with the annual festivities at Shau Kei Wan.
I, on the other hand, have yet to attend to go to Cheung Chau for the bun festival -- even while I also have been to that charming island a few times (including on the Sunday before festival day last year). One of the recent I've been not completely unhappy to have missed attending that festival thus far is because friends who have attended have complained about the super crowded conditions at the bun fest. At the same time though, I do feel that I have to go one year... otherwise, I'll have forever missed some important part of the overall Hong Kong experience that I so love for its variety, general color and helping instill a sense in me of being truly alive. :)