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Birthday of Che Kung

Birthday of Che Kung

Former Song dynasty (960–1279) military commander Che Kung has quite the catalogue of skills under his belt. He was famed for being able to suppress uprisings and plagues, and is also believed to have accompanied the last Song dynasty emperor to Sai Kung in what’s now the New Territories. He later became revered as a god.

And it is believed his luck rubs off: in Sha Tin, local folklore says construction of a Che Kung Temple 300 years ago ended a plague that was devastating the area. The temple is also conveniently located for people attending the Sha Tin Racecourse, as Che Kung is also popular with gamblers).

On his birthday, Che Kung temples are crowded with devotees hoping to catch him in a good mood. Around 100,000 people visit the Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin on this day, where they turn fan-bladed wheels and beat a drum to pray for good fortune in the coming year.

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