Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Chinese fishermen celebrate Tin Hau Festival. She is the patron saint of fishermen. Tin Hau is also known as the Queen of Heaven or Goddess of the Sea.
She was a daughter of a fisherman. The young lady had visions and was able to predict upcoming storms. She used these visions to save her father and others from drowning. At her death, the grateful fishermen called her a saint.
Belief in the woman is still strong today. Tin Hau temples are found in fishing villages along the Chinese shoreline.
Every 23rd day of the third month of the lunar calender, fishermen celebrate Tin Hauís birthday. There are dragon, lion and unicorn dances in the streets. The people make fa pau or paper floral shrines. Many fishermen decorate their boats with colorful ribbons. The fishermen sail their boats to the temple's shore.
The fishermen and the villagers give thanks for the protection received the past year. They pray for future luck and full nets.
Take a tour while in Hong Kong to a Tin Hau Festival. Join the festivities! Treat yourself to a traditional Hong Kong fish dinner and drink. The fresh fish is heavenly.
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