Birthday of Tam Kung

A Parade to Honour the Seafarer's God
April 30, 2020

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Birthday of Tam Kung  Celebrations Dragon Parade

The Birthday of Tam Kung is one of the four classic traditional festivals in the fourth Lunar month that celebrate Hong Kong's living culture.

It is normally held in April or May in the Western calendar. This year's festivities will be on April 30, 2020.

Together with the Tin Hau Festival, Lord Buddha's Birthday, and the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, the Birthday of Tam Kung is a great chance to experience the rich culture and traditions of this modern enclave.

Tam Kung or Lord Tam the Sea God as he's also known, is said to have come from Guangdong Province in China. According to the legend, when he was a young boy, he had already the powers to contain the winds and the storms, making him a popular amongst the fishermen, and together with Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, he became a patron deity of the seafarers.

Tam Kung was revered among coastal communities and was said to be capable of forecasting the weather and healing the sick. He learned the secret of remaining forever young when he was just 12 years old. So his statues usually depict an 80-year old man with the face of a child.

Birthday of Tam Kung  Celebrations Parade Floats

The Tam Kung festival is a very colorful celebration that takes place by the Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island. This is a beautiful temple built in 1905 and reconstructed in 2002 with its original features carefully preserved.

There is a lively procession with many colorful floats and the customary dragon and lion dances, the acrobats and martial arts performers, and of course lots of drums and gongs to add to the fanfare...

Birthday of Tam Kung  Celebrations Lion Dances

Birthday of Tam Kung 2020

Birthday of Tam Kung  Celebrations

When? This year's celebrations will be on April 30, 2020 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where? The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan, parade from Shau Kei Wan Street East to Tam Kung Temple

The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan can be easily reached with the MTR. It is only a 20-minute ride from the Central MTR station.

Take the Island Line (Light Blue) direction Chai Wan and get off at Shau Kei Wan Station Exit D1 and follow the crowds to Tam Kung Temple Road which is only a 5 minute walk from the station.

Map MTR to Birthday of Tam Kung Celebrations

How Much? FREE

More Info: Shau Kei Wan Community Federation Tel. 852 2560 7030 and HK Tourism Board

Check out this video of the celebrations, really great images:

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