As part of the Hong Kong’s Cultural Celebrations, the Birthday of Tam Kung, a deity revered solely by local fishing communities, is commemorated on the eighth day of the fourth Lunar month (28 April 2012) at various temples around Hong Kong. One of the principal events takes place at a remarkable temple in Shau Kei Wan with prayers and colourful festivities.
Both Tam Kung and Tin Hau are considered sea gods with supernatural powers. Born in the Huizhou prefecture in Guangdong Province during the Yuan dynasty (1206-1368), Tam Kung was capable of forecasting the weather and curing patients when he was only 12 years of age. Equally intriguing is the statue of Tam Kung. He was an 80-year-old man with the face of a 12-year-old child. He is believed to have achieved wisdom at a young age and learned the secret of remaining forever young.