Ap Lei Chau Hung Shing Festival
With Hong Kong’s coastline and former history as a fishing village (or rather, many fishing villages), it is no surprise to see that the history behind most festivals revolves around the sea. The Hung Shing Festival venerates Hung Hei, an astronomer and geographer, as well as the Governor of Panyu during the Tang dynasty. The festival was held in his honour by fishermen who felt they owed a great deal to his ability to forecast the weather, thus assisting fishermen and merchants alike. In coastal Ap Lei Chau, a 240-year-old temple dedicated to Hung Shing marks the start of the festival with dragon and lion dances, Chinese opera and more. The festival is also celebrated in other fishing communities around Hong Kong.
WHEN: 13th day of the second lunar month