Candles illuminate statues of Tin Hau at the temple in Clear Water Bay ahead of the annual Tin Hau Festival to commemorate the birthday of the Goddess of the Sea. Photo: Dickson Lee

Why Hong Kong makes such a big deal of sea goddess Tin Hau’s birthday

Two months of festivities begin today for a goddess who no longer has many fishermen to bestow good fortune on but in whom landlubbers firmly believe. Here’s what Tin Hau means for indigenous culture

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Candles illuminate statues of Tin Hau at the temple in Clear Water Bay ahead of the annual Tin Hau Festival to commemorate the birthday of the Goddess of the Sea. Photo: Dickson Lee
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