The Hung Shing Festival commemorates the birthday of Hung Shing Tai Wong, God of the Southern Sea, on the 13th day of the second lunar month.
Hung Shing was a government official named Hung Hei during the Tang dynasty. A governor of Panyu, he was knowledgeable in astronomy and geography and helped merchants and fishermen with his ability to forecast the weather. Legend has it that Hung Shing continued to guard the people against natural disasters even after his death.
To commemorate this deity, fishermen along the South China coast built temples to worship him. More than 800 years old, it is one of the oldest villages in Hong Kong. There is no better way to experience Hong Kong’s living culture than with a visit to the village of Ho Sheung Heung in the New Territories.
Celebrations this year include:
5 March 2012
11am, Dragon and Lion Dance Performance
1pm, Fa Pau Competition
4pm - 6pm, Poon Choi Feast
2 - 6 March 2012
Cantonese Opera Performance
The Fa Pau competition is sure to be a unique experience. Villagers shoot a fire cracker into the air and celebrants in the crowd try to catch the falling cracker. The winner, the person who successfully catches the cracker core, gets to keep the Fa Pau (floral wreath). It is believed that it brings the owner good fortune and protection from Hung Shing. This is a not-to-be-missed occasion as Ho Sheung Heung is the only village in the northern district in Hong Kong that preserves this tradition.
Be sure to visit the Hau Ku Shek Ancestral Hall, a declared monument, the Hung Shing Temple and other historical relics in the village.
Date: 5 March 2011
Venue: Ho Sheung Heung, Sheung Shui and Sheung Shui Town Centre, New Territories
How to Get There: MTR Sheung Shui Station and take mini-bus 51K
Ticketing: Free Admission