In Hong Kong, thousands of boat people flocked in to Joss House Bay last weekend (29 April) to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.
SV: worshippers beating drums and cymbals on junk.
GV: junks, sampans, barges and ferries moving into bay.
SV: worshippers arriving by barge.
GV EXTERIOR: Tin Hau temple
SV: worshippers walking around temple with joss sticks
SV: worshippers bringing in roasted pig.
CU: people burning joss sticks (3 shots)
GV: people carrying away meter-long incense sticks.
WITH JAMES LEE IN HONG KONG.
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Background: In Hong Kong, thousands of boat people flocked in to Joss House Bay last weekend (29 April) to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.
SYNOPSIS: To the sound of drums and cymbals, flag-flying junks, sampans, barges and ferries converged on the bay and dropped thousands of worshippers and sightseers at the piers. Crush and shove were the order of the day, with people crossing gangways single-file to reach the main jetty.
The festival honours Tin Hau, the patron goddess of seafarers. She is said to protect boat people from the elements and help them return safely to their home ports. The celebration is held to seek her blessing for the coming year.
Clouds of incense smoke rose from Jose House Bay and spread across the harbour. Roast pigs, chickens, and bags of oranges were offered in front of the temple.
Family groups of a dozen or more were common. Long, two-inch thick joss sticks were lit and carried around the temple. Worshippers knelt down, bowed and shook the sticks while praying to the goddess. Blinking lights were draped over Tin Hau's altar -- but the goddess herself stood serene amid all the activity. It's an important ceremony for the local people and as always Joss House Bay lived up to its name.