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Feast of Lu Ban

Introduction

Lou Pan Festival, commonly known as the “Master Festival” in the construction industry, is on the thirteenth day of the sixth lunar month. Each year, the management board of the Lou Pan Temple organize a grand celebration ceremony. The former management board, Kwong Yuet Tong, would gave the temple a facelift and distributed yarn lanterns printed with the wordings of “the celebration of Lou Pan Festival” in Chinese to peers. The worship ritual, which was also organized by Kwong Yuet Tong, would start right at noon: first ringing the bell and drums, worshipers would stand solemnly until the offerings (including a whole roasted pig, fruits, pastries and fresh flowers) were well placed on the shrine, then worshipers bowed to the Lou Pan statue for three times, and finally the ritual ended with the burning of firecrackers. 

Kwong Yuet Tong would also offer a tea session and night banquet to peers for celebrate the Festival. The workers in the construction industry would have a day off on that day in order for them to worship their Lord Master at the temple. In the past, gifting meal to neighbors was one of the traditions in the Festival and the gifted meal was called “Lou Pan Meal” or “Master Meal.” It was said that children would be as versatile as Lou Pan, diligent and healthy after having the “Lou Pan Meal”, therefore every family, no matter rich or poor, would like to get the meal and bring it home to their children. In addition, peers such as carpenters, plasterers, scaffolding workers, mason workers, painters, and workers of the furniture industry would not only participate in the worship ritual, their trade unions (see Remark 10) would also organize a gathering banquet in a restaurant or clubhouse. At the meantime, activities such as staff inauguration, anniversary celebration, business status presentation and fund raising would take place at the banquet.


Origin

Lou Pan was a famous ancient craftsman whose deeds were recorded in Mozi. It was said that he was born in the State of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period. In the past, most of the construction workers and carpenters worshiped him as the founder and master (i.e. the Guardian God of the Industry). The construction workers in various places and regions often worship Lou Pan, and the rituals have later become a festival in Macao and other regions. The Lou Pan Festival is the most important event for Macao Carpentry Trade Union.

Feast of Lu Ban

Lou Pan Festival, commonly known as the “Master Festival” in the construction industry, is on the thirteenth day of the sixth lunar month. Each year, the management board of the Lou Pan Temple organize a grand celebration ceremony. The former management board, Kwong Yuet Tong, would gave the temple a facelift and distributed yarn lanterns printed with the wordings of “the celebration of Lou Pan Festival” in Chinese to peers. The worship ritual, which was also organized by Kwong Yuet Tong, would start right at noon: first ringing the bell and drums, worshipers would stand solemnly until the offerings (including a whole roasted pig, fruits, pastries and fresh flowers) were well placed on the shrine, then worshipers bowed to the Lou Pan statue for three times, and finally the ritual ended with the burning of firecrackers. 

Kwong Yuet Tong would also offer a tea session and night banquet to peers for celebrate the Festival. The workers in the construction industry would have a day off on that day in order for them to worship their Lord Master at the temple. In the past, gifting meal to neighbors was one of the traditions in the Festival and the gifted meal was called “Lou Pan Meal” or “Master Meal.” It was said that children would be as versatile as Lou Pan, diligent and healthy after having the “Lou Pan Meal”, therefore every family, no matter rich or poor, would like to get the meal and bring it home to their children. In addition, peers such as carpenters, plasterers, scaffolding workers, mason workers, painters, and workers of the furniture industry would not only participate in the worship ritual, their trade unions (see Remark 10) would also organize a gathering banquet in a restaurant or clubhouse. At the meantime, activities such as staff inauguration, anniversary celebration, business status presentation and fund raising would take place at the banquet.