Foshan China 2017-05-02
Xiqiao Kwan Yin Cultural Festival is a well-known event in Nanhai that celebrates folk belief. In Nanhai, the public commemorates the goddess Kwan Yin in four days: the 9th day of the 2nd lunar month (the birthday of Kwan Yin), the 19th day of the 6th lunar month (whenb Kwan Yin first became goddess), the 19th day of the 9th lunar month (the Nirvana day of Kwan Yin), and the 19th day of the 11th lunar month (the goddess blessing day).
The Day of “Kwan Yin Opens Treasury” (the 26th day of the first lunar month)
Legend has it that on the 26th day of the 1st lunar month, the goddess Kwan Yin incarnated herself in a beautiful queen and distributed money and grains to the people in Nanhai who suffered in severe drought. Since then, local people have called this day the Day of “Kwan Yin Opens Treasury”.
The Day of “Returning Treasury to Kwan Yin” (December 19 on lunar calendar)
According to folklore, as people borrow “treasury” from Kwan Yin on the 26th day of the 1st lunar month, the devoted believers choose to return "treasury” to Kwan Yin at the end of the year. The 19th day of the 12th lunar month has gradually become the Day of “Returning Treasury to Kwan Yin”.