Foshan Temple Fair
On March 3rd of the Lunar Calendar, people from Foshan would usually celebrate the birth of the North God. As the past years, the North god parade will be highlighted on that day. This year, the celebrate ceremony would have some new activities to attract people to appreciate the parade.
According to Daoist dogma, the North God is the deity that dominates the Northern World and commands all the aquatic being .He is said to be able to dispel disasters of flood and fire and to lengthen people’s lives.
Reading the funeral oration, Praying for the North God, people in Foshan would use their unique activities to celebrate this big event on Apr 21st this year. Citizens can enjoy the traditional folk dance and folk music, which are the national nonmaterial cultural heritage. By the way, the hosts set up more areas for people to appreciate the performances.
1.The Worship of the North God
At 9 o’clock of the April 21st, the grand ceremony will be held in front of the Triple-doorway entrance. In the past year, over thousand people would come to the square and pray for good luck in the coming year.
2.The North God Parade
After the grand ceremony, the North God parade would startup. It is the key activities of the whole celebration. In the old days, people would carry the North God statue and weapons to parade the streets so as to pray for a favorable weather for the crops. This year, the parade will travel along the route which originally from Ming Dynasty.
Parade Route: The Double Dragon Wall -- The Front Entrance of the Ancestral Temple -- Zumiao Road -- Lianhua Road -- Fuxian Road -- Renmin Road -- Tiandi Road -- Jianxin Road -- Zumiao Road -- The Front Entrance of the Ancestral Temple. This year, the performance area will be located at the cross of Rotating Place Hotel, the cross of Baihua Square. When the parade passing these designated area, all the performance team would stay 2-3 minutes to put on the show. It is worth to mention that the Birth of North God parade troop scale would strictly follow the regulation from Ming and Qing Dynasties, which would comprehensively and truly show the history of the North God parade. The honor guard which armed with 72 weapons will be shown.
3.The Traditional Skills will be shown and Cantonese Opera will be Performed for Three Day
The non-material cultural heritage center will locate at the Double Dragon Wall in the Ancestral Temple. The live show of pottery sculpture, paper-cut, colorful lanterns making, craft of the lion head, the Gambiered Guangdong gauze making, and cane weaving would be performed. These non-material cultural heritage shows would last three days.
4.The shows on Wanfu Stage
On the Wanfu Stage, the famous Cantonese Opera artists would offer people visual and acoustic feast. Qiong Xia, the Plum Blomsom Award winner, would perform on the stage, either. The National Second Grade Actor Jianke Liu, the famous actor in Bahe Cantonese Opera Team Weicong Li, will also get together and offer greatest Cantonese opera to people.
5.A charity event
Calligraphy and painting artists will improvise on the spot. All the master pieces would be sold and all the money received would be donated to charity.
The Activities would last to Apr 26th. Revolved around the birth of the North God, the temple fair would be held for 8 days. You won’t miss the amazing activities.
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