• Short Summary

    In Hong Kong, thousands of boat people flocked in to Joss House Bay last weekend (29 April) to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.

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    In Hong Kong, thousands of boat people flocked in to Joss House Bay last weekend (29 April) to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.

    SYNOPSIS: To the sound of drums and cymbals, flag-flying junks, sampans, barges and ferries converged on the bay and dropped thousands of worshippers and sightseers at the piers. Crush and shove were the order of the day, with people crossing gangways single-file to reach the main jetty.

    The festival honours Tin Hau, the patron goddess of seafarers. She is said to protect boat people from the elements and help them return safely to their home ports. The celebration is held to seek her blessing for the coming year.

    Clouds of incense smoke rose from Jose House Bay and spread across the harbour. Roast pigs, chickens, and bags of oranges were offered in front of the temple.

    Family groups of a dozen or more were common. Long, two-inch thick joss sticks were lit and carried around the temple. Worshippers knelt down, bowed and shook the sticks while praying to the goddess. Blinking lights were draped over Tin Hau's altar -- but the goddess herself stood serene amid all the activity. It's an important ceremony for the local people and as always Joss House Bay lived up to its name.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADJ2ED683LFS9D5I7NMJKBC5P7
    Media URN:
    VLVADJ2ED683LFS9D5I7NMJKBC5P7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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