In commemoration of TWGHs Man Mo Temple’s 170th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (“TWGHs”) organised the Man Mo Parade and the Autumn Sacrificial Rites on 5 November. 20 teams of performances and nearly 1,000 members participated in the procession. This unique touring of Man Cheong (the God of Civil) and Mo Ti (the God of Martial) is one of the most extraordinary heritage and cultural events in town, re-enacting the classic traditional practices of the Chinese community in the Central and Western District, evoking feelings of nostalgia among the younger generations and deepening the interactions between TWGHs and the community.
The Hon. LAU Kong Wah, JP, Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP, the Chairman, members of TWGHs Board of Directors and guests were invited to stage the Kick-off Ceremony. Dr. Lee said, “In the early days of Hong Kong, the Man Mo Temple is the core centre for discussion, litigation, sacrifice, education and community connection, with symbolic significance and high status in Chinese society. TWGHs hopes that by organising the Man Mo Parade, it could help foster a strong sense of belonging among TWGHs, Man Mo Temple and the public, and demonstrate the loving spirit in traditional Chinese culture.”
The magnificent Parade comprised of Dragon and Lion Dance, Techno Dance of Deity (电音三太子), street dance, rope skipping, tai chi, ethical dance and marching band. Immediately after The Hon. LAU Kong Wah, JP, Secretary for Home Affairs, and Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP, the Chairman, waved the Convoy Flag, the parade procession took off. Led by the 2 divine sedan chairs conveying the Man Cheong (the God of Civil) and Mo Ti (the God of Martial), as well as members of TWGHs Board of Directors 2017/2018, the procession departed at Statue Square in Central, paraded through Bank Street, Queen’s Road Central, Possession Street and Hollywood Road. The procession concluded at Man Mo Temple, where the Autumn Sacrificial Rites were conducted to invoke peace and prosperity for the people in Hong Kong.
The Autumn Sacrificial Rites were held at noon inside Man Mo Temple, Mr. LAI Sze Nuen, SBS, JP, Chairman 1969/1970, accompanied by Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP, the Chairman, and other Board Members, officiated at the Ceremony and performed the rites, while Prof. CHOW Chun Kay, Stephen, GBS, JP, member of TWGHs Advisory Board cum Chairman 2001/2002, read the sacrificial odes and Mr. YU Shiu Tin, Paul, BBS, JP, Member of TWGHs Advisory Board cum Chairman 1988/1989, acted as the Master of Ceremonies. The officiating party, reader of sacrificial odes, master of ceremonies, the Chairman and other Board Members dressed in traditional Chinese formal attire to show their respect to the ceremony. The ceremony included Inviting the Gods to be Present (降神礼); First Contribution (初献礼); Recital of Sacrificial Odes (颂祝礼); Second Contribution (亚献礼); Third Contribution (三献礼); Witness of the Burning of Offerings (望燎礼) and concluded by showing appreciation and bidding farewell to the Gods (辞神礼).
The TWGHs “Man Mo Parade to Celebrate the 170th Anniversary of TWGHs Man Mo Temple cum 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of HKSAR” was concluded successfully with support from the following organisations: Chinese Temples Committee, the Hong Kong Taoist Association, Central and Western District Council, Central and Western District Office, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Sai Ying Poon Kai Fong Welfare Association, Hong Kong Central and Western District Woman Association, and Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations of the Central and Western District. Twenty groups have participated in the parade, covering major organisations from the Central and Western district. Representatives from Tainan Grand Matsu Temple (台南大天后宫), Taipei Dalongdong Baoan Temple (台北大龙峒保安宫), Macau A-Ma Cultural Village (澳门妈祖文化宫), Ching Chung Taoist Association (青松观), Yuen Yuen Institute (圆玄学院), etc were also present.
About Man Mo Temple
The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan is comprised of 3 blocks, namely, Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor. The Compound was built between 1847 and 1862. The Man Mo Temple is classified as one of the Declared Monuments in Hong Kong on 12 November 2010.
About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Since its establishment in 1870, TWGHs has been all along upholding its mission “To heal the sick and to relieve the distressed; to care for the elderly and to rehabilitate the disabled; to promote education and to nurture youngsters; and to raise the infants and to guide the children.” Nowadays, TWGHs has become the largest charitable organisation in Hong Kong. For over a hundred years, TWGHs’ medical and health, education and community services have developed rapidly to fulfill the needs of the society and to provide high quality services at low rates or for free. Today, TWGHs operates over 309 services centres, including 5 hospitals and 29 Chinese and Western medicine services centres, 54 education services centres, 219 community services centres that cover elderly, youth and family, rehabilitation and traditional services, as well as the Tung Wah Museum and TWGHs Maisy Ho Archives and Relics Centre, which were established to promote, restore and preserve the heritage and relics of TWGHs, with an aim to protect and preserve local traditional culture.
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Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP, the Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, delivered the welcoming speech at the Kick-off Ceremony of the “Man Mo Parade to Celebrate the 170th Anniversary of TWGHs Man Mo Temple cum 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR”.
Officiating guest, the Hon. LAU Kong Wah, JP, Secretary for Home Affairs, delivered a speech at the Kick-off Ceremony of the “Man Mo Parade to Celebrate the 170th Anniversary of TWGHs Man Mo Temple cum 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR”.
The Hon. LAU Kong Wah, JP (right), Secretary for Home Affairs, and Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP (left), the Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, officiated the Unveiling Ceremony of the Trademark of Man Mo Temple.
Guests gathered to perform the Eye-dotting Ceremony for a hundred-feet golden dragon and auspicious lions.
A group photo of Board Members of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and guests with the golden dragon and auspicious lions.
Golden dragon performance and Lion Dance
The Hon. LAU Kong Wah, JP (right), Secretary for Home Affairs, presented the Convoy Flag to Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP (left), the Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, to kick start the Parade.
Led by the 2 divine sedan chairs conveying the Man Cheong (the God of Civil) and Mo Ti (the God of Martial) and the Board Members of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, the procession headed towards Man Mo Temple.
A group photo of the Board Members of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and nearly 1,000 participants before the start of the parade.
Man Mo Procession paraded through Central
Accompanied by Board Members of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Mr. LAI Sze Nuen, SBS, JP, Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals 1969/1970 performed the Rites.
(From left) A group photo of Prof. CHOW Chun Kay, Stephen, GBS, JP, Member of the Advisory Board cum Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals 2001/2002, the Sacrificial Odes Reader, Mr. LAI Sze Nuen, SBS, JP, Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals 1969/1970, the Chief Celebrant, Dr. LEE Yuk Lun, JP, the Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and Mr. YU Shiu Tin, Paul, BBS, JP, Member of the Advisory Board cum Chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals 1988/1989, Master of the Ceremonies.
A group photo of Board Members of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and guests in front of TWGHs Man Mo Temple upon the completion of the Autumn Sacrificial Rites.
Celebrating the 170th anniversary of Man Mo Temple, the flower plaque in front of the temple was made in the most traditional way, aiming to reproduce the look and feel of the flower plaque in the old days. The technique embodies the local culture value.
Features include Calligraphy made by cotton swab (Chinese characters of “Man Mo Temple” (「文武庙」三字)); Calligraphy painted by magnetic oil (Chinese characters of “(「一百七十周年」字)); flower decoration made by gold-sprinkled paper (not modern antimonic paper); and the structure of the flower p laque was crafted entirely by bamboo sticks (no modern wire).