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Feast of Kuan Tai

Introduction

The Feast of Kuan Tai is a religious custom to commemorate Guan Yu who was also known as “Guan Gong.” Guan Yu, whose style name is Yunchang, was a general of Shu during the Three Kingdoms period and the sworn brother of Liu Bei. After his death, Guan Yu was entitled as the “Saint of War” as a symbol of “Loyalty.” Over the history, he had had many titles such as “Kuan Tai” and “Saintly Emperor Guan.”  Kuan Tai is a popular worship idol in Macao; almost every shop places a Kuan Tai statue for worship. Many Kuan Tai temples are built, such as the Kuan Tai Temple at Sam Kai Vui Kun, the Kuan Tai Temple near Cheoc Ka Village in Taipa and more. Besides, there are two days to celebrate Kuan Tai’s birthday: the thirteenth day of the fifth lunar month and the twenty-fourth day of the sixth lunar month. On these two days, believers offer fresh flowers, burn joss sticks and various offerings to worship Kuan Tai at home. The sports association in Macao, social communities and shops, in particular, organize various activities to celebrate Kuan Tai’s birthday. The activities include lion and dragon dance, banquets, sports competitions, etc.

 


Origin

Kuan Tai is one of the important gods in the Chinese belief. Therefore, there are numerous believers and thousands of Kuan Tai Temples all over China. Every region in China  celebrates the Feast of Kuan Tai and related activities on the thirteenth day of the fifth lunar month each year. People and government officials offer incenses and formally worship Kuan Tai in the Kuan Tai temples. It is recorded that Kuan Tai’s birthday is on the the thirteenth day of the fifth lunar month, and the ancient Chinese people had dramas and dragon boat rides on that day. According to historical records, it is believed that Guan Yu started a solo run and sharpened his sword on the thirteenth day of the fifth lunar month.

 

Feast of Kuan Tai

The Feast of Kuan Tai is a religious custom to commemorate Guan Yu who was also known as “Guan Gong.” Guan Yu, whose style name is Yunchang, was a general of Shu during the Three Kingdoms period and the sworn brother of Liu Bei. After his death, Guan Yu was entitled as the “Saint of War” as a symbol of “Loyalty.” Over the history, he had had many titles such as “Kuan Tai” and “Saintly Emperor Guan.”  Kuan Tai is a popular worship idol in Macao; almost every shop places a Kuan Tai statue for worship. Many Kuan Tai temples are built, such as the Kuan Tai Temple at Sam Kai Vui Kun, the Kuan Tai Temple near Cheoc Ka Village in Taipa and more. Besides, there are two days to celebrate Kuan Tai’s birthday: the thirteenth day of the fifth lunar month and the twenty-fourth day of the sixth lunar month. On these two days, believers offer fresh flowers, burn joss sticks and various offerings to worship Kuan Tai at home. The sports association in Macao, social communities and shops, in particular, organize various activities to celebrate Kuan Tai’s birthday. The activities include lion and dragon dance, banquets, sports competitions, etc.