Pray for good weather at the Tam Kung celebrations in Hong Kong - AsiaRooms.com
April 24, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com can announce that people staying in Hong Kong hotels next month will be able to observe the birthday celebrations for one of the most important gods in the region.
On May 21st, thousands of people will attend the festivities in the city which give thanks to the deity and call on him to protect the fishermen and sea-faring workers from the city.
According to legend, Tam Kung was a 12-year-old boy who was able to predict the weather and used his gift to help local fishermen to come home safely.
It is also believed that he could cause storms by throwing water in the air or calm them by throwing peas in the air.
All the main events will take place at the Tam Kung temple, which is located in the Shau Kei Wan district.
It is free for tourists to watch the spectacular visual displays and dances which go on throughout the day in this part of the city.
Among them are a dragon dance and a lion dance, as well as a Tam Kung procession which winds its way along the streets.
The deity's birthday also coincides with a national holiday to celebrate Buddha's birthday, which means that locals are out in force to support the event.