Pearl River Times 2017-04-20
From the 22nd to the 26th day of the third lunar month, there will be performance of Cantonese opera in five successive evenings staged in Su Village, Danzao Town.
Lion dance performance is given to celebrate the birth of Tian Hou and the first village anniversary in Shilao Village, Jiujiang Town.
40 Kung Fu programs such as tiger and crane double-form fist (虎鹤双形拳), double clamp of single stick and Wanzi Boxing. The performance of wielding hoes is shown in the picture.
Villagers of Donggu Village, Jiujiang Town is having vegetarian meal and talking with each other.
12 dragon boat teams are racing in the river in Su Village, promoting communication and deepening relationship among villagers.
In the Tian Hou cultural festival in Donggu Village, the dancing lion is expected to bring good luck and a smooth year.
The folk traditional festival “the birth of Tian Hou” falls on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, which is April 19th this year. There were celebration activities held in Shilao Village and Dongggu Village, Jiujiang Town and Su Village, Danzao Town.
Tian Hou or MaZu, is the Chinese goddess of the sea. The birth of Tian Hou, is one of the folk festivals in China. It is said that Tian Hou often saved victims on sea, so fishermen worshiped her as a guardian angel. Later, people living in the coast thought her to be not only the goddess of the sea, but also the goddess of happiness and luck. During the birth of Tian Hou every year, Tian Hou Temples in different places hold celebration activities to pray for safety, smoothness and fruitful results.
40 martial arts shows in Jiujiang Shilao Village
The celebration of the birth of Tian Hou and the first village anniversary was held in Shilao Village with over 368 tables of feast and more than 3,000 participants.
40 excellent martial arts programs of 2017 “Foshan Kung Fu corner” (Nanhai) were performed by martial arts elites from different places. Many villagers of Shilao Village took part in the performance, among whom Lao Weichou performed the Wanzi Boxing. He said that he has been practicing this fist for over 10 years.
In 1276, the originator Gu Cun moved from Nanxiong to Shatou, Nanhai and then to Lao Village. In 1436, the sixth ancestor Wu Ling built the Tianwu Village, which was called Shilao Village later with the seventh and eighth ancestors. Nowadays, there are about 1,200 people in Shilao Village, among which over 900 people have the family name of Lao and others Liu and Li.
79 tables of vegetarian meal in Jiujiang Donggu Village
Tian Hou Cultural Festival was held in Donggu Village, Dagu Community, Jiujiang Town. During the festival, all villagers gathered together to enjoy Cantonese opera and have vegetarian meal. Some clan relatives living in Hong Kong, Macao and Guangzhou also went back and joined the activity.
Besides traditional worship, there were also charitable fund raising, charitable auction and variety show. The fund will be used to help villagers in need.
The celebration of the birth of Tian Hou in Donggu Village has been held for many years with more and more people participating in. It is not only a communication platform for villagers to enhance neighborhood harmony, but also a bridge for businessmen to exchange business opportunities.
12 dragon boat teams racing in Guanshan River in Danzao Su Village
Villagers worship Tian Hou. Every year, more than 200 tables of vegetarian meal will be prepared in the ancestral hall in front of the temple for everyone to enjoy. The Tian Hou Temple was built in 1131 with a history of more than 800 years and the folk activities celebrating “the birth of Tian Hou” has lasted for hundreds of years.
In the afternoon, 12 dragon boats were racing in the Guanshan River. Villagers rowed in order and audience cheered and whistled. The dragon boat race was 2.5 kilometers per round. Each dragon boat team had to go 11 rounds and pass the dragon gate.