天后衣 paper offerings for tin hau’s birthday

2014.4.20 | 坪洲永興街 wing hing street, peng chau

今天是天后誕。特意慶節。

天后誕前到坪洲遊。島上節慶氣氛濃。碼頭周圍旗海飄揚。乘船時並遇到花炮同船。

天后誕有專屬的神衣。紙紮鋪當然應節備貨。

visited peng chau two days before tin hau’s birthday (on 23rd of the third month of the traditional chinese calendar, which is today in 2014!). the island is festive. flags are flying high around the pier. big paper sacrificial offering literally named flower cannon was shipped to the island on the same ferry i took.

apart from big ceremonies attended by the whole local community, according to traditions, believers will pay respect to tin hau, the sea goddess, at home too by burning special paper artifacts.

this honest looking paper offering shop of course is well-stocked for the big festival. you can easily tell this is for tin hau because the offering is made in the shape of a boat.

paper craft shop peng chau

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