The Hung Shing Festival falls on the 13th day of the second lunar month. You can find the Western calendar date here.
Like many of the gods worshipped and celebrated in Hong Kong, Hung Shing was originally a historical figure who was later deified. The man behind the immortal was Hung Hei, who served as Governor of Panyu in Guangdong province during the Tang dynasty (618–907).
Hung was a respected astronomer and geographer who helped forecast the weather for fishermen and merchants. Always seeking order in a capricious world, Chinese people have worshipped him ever since.
Today in Hong Kong, the Hung Shing Festival is marked mostly by fishermen who feel indebted to his name.
Celebrations in Ho Sheung Heung
The 800-year-old village of Ho Sheung Heung in the New Territories has a reputation for putting on particularly jovial celebrations for this festival, including a traditional procession, Chinese opera and other events.
Celebrations in Ap Lei Chau
On the southern side of Hong Kong Island, the coastal neighbourhood of Ap Lei Chau celebrate the festival from 2-17 March 2014. Ap Lei Chau has a 240-year old Hung Shing Temple and will be marking the festival with dragon and lion dances, traditional processions, Chinese opera and more.