Temples festival aims to revive traditions


By Stephanie LI & Elsa JIN

Oct. 30, 2016

The first Hong Kong Temples Culture Festival was held from Oct. 28 to 30, with the goal of promoting the local Buddhist and Taoist traditions among Hong Kongers.

The event in the Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, included interactive activities such as workshops and open lectures, 3-D exhibitions of local temples, dragon and lion dances, and Cantonese operas.

Kenneth Mo, president of the Hong Kong Qilin Sport Association, gave a talk on how to make Qilin props that could “bring the mythical animal to live”.

Qilin dance, unlike dragon or lion dances which can been performing throughout China, is uniquely preserved in Guangdong Province.

Apart from the older people who had been practicing the traditional Buddhist or Taoists rituals for years, children who came with their parents also enjoyed the event by participating in workshops or games.

The festival was co-organized by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Chinese Temples Committee, hoping to preserve the valuable indigenous culture and pass it on to future generations.

(If you can’t view the video, please click here: https://youtu.be/DwuQneWd-P8)






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