三角碼頭盂蘭神壇 sai ying pun’s hungry-ghost festival altar

2014.7.27 | 干諾道西 connaught road west

踏進農曆七月,香港舊區街頭紛紛搭棚起壇,迎接鬼節。近這兩三年,感覺上有更多人再次擁抱盂蘭各習俗,可喜。

三角碼頭盂蘭勝會無論是歷史和規模應該在香港數一數二。在干諾道西入德輔道西的角落設置的神壇,我這個西區街坊自幼已有印象,從前佔據皇后街近干諾道西一段的,近年縮小變成與米行(米行已在年前遷走,唉 …..)為鄰。

很喜歡神壇一切裝置:每次看到棚頂『合境平安』,心感庇蔭。

還有攀得高高的燈籠幡,一字一燈籠寫出『中元二品赦罪地官清虛大帝』,頭頂藤帽,真像一個鎮守大將軍。

翻查網上資料,才知道這是道教地官的名號,祂總管五帝五嶽諸地神仙。每逢七月十五日,即來人間,校戒罪福,為人赦罪。也有說中元節是地官的誕辰。

entering the seventh month of the lunar calendar, temporary altars and scaffolding would be erected in many old districts. they are for the different events of a mixture of religious, charity and cultural nature built around the hungry ghost festival month.

hungry ghost festival in chinese is yu lan. the word came from “ullambana” in sanskrit, meaning to relieve pain and suffering from the deceased.

sai ying pun has a long history of celebrating the hungry ghost festival due to its strong chiu chow culture and influence. also this part of sai ying pun, used to be known as the wing lok pier (or sam kok mar tou), suffered from many killings during the japanese occupation in WWII.

the organization eventually set up a company registered as buddhist (sam kok mar tou yu-lan) charitable association ltd. every year it put up an altar for worshippers to pay their respect (& contributions) as well as holding a three-day gala at a nearby park.

even though this altar has shrunk in scale as time past and seem more minimal, there are still details rich in cultural, religious and to me aesthetic values. the four big characters on top say “peace for the territory”. i do feel at peace and blessed every time seeing these words. and the string of lanterns hanged down do add some haunting effect to the structure. actually there are chinese characters written on the lantern which come together is the name of a god who is in charge of the festival.

hungry ghost altar sai ying pun

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