More than 50,000 Chinese people crammed the small compound of Tin Hau Temple at Jose House Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong on Wednesday (25 April) to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.
MS Temple and people walk about
GV Joss House Bay
MS Flags and boats (2 shots)
People carrying food to worship the god (3 shots)
Crowd in front of temple
People horning joes sticks (2 shots)
CU Joss sticks and ZOOM BACK to people burning joss sticks (5 shots)
People praying outside temple (3 shots)
TIN HAU TEMPLE: WORSHIPPERS: JOSS HOUSE BAY: FISHING BOAT: VARIOUS SHOTS OF PEOPLE PRAYING WITH JOSS STICKS.
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Background: More than 50,000 Chinese people crammed the small compound of Tin Hau Temple at Jose House Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong on Wednesday (25 April) to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.
Hundreds of fishing junks and boats sailed into Joss House Bay on Tuesday evening (25 April). Many worshippers camped overnight in and around the temple of Tin Hau.
Although Tin Hau is the patron saint of fishermen and "boat people", Wednesday's festival was observed by a great variety of Hong Kong's population. Worshippers brought food -- fruits and roasted pigs -- for offering, and brayed with jose sticks for future prosperity and the blessings of their patron saint.
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday at Tin Hau Temple, on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, more than fifty-thousand people came to celebrate the annual Tin Hau Festival.
The temple, built in commemoration of the Goddess of Heaven, is situated at Joss House Bay.
Most worshippers came the day before, on junks and boats, bearing large quantities of food. Some even brought roasted pigs, which were offered to the Goddess Tin Hau during the festivities.
The crowd on Wednesday was estimated to be over fifty thousand.
They all came to pray with joss sticks and candles for future prosperity and the blessing of Tin Hau.
Although Tin Hau is the patron saint of fishermen, the festival was observed by a large variety of people.