Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Lions on the prowl near Senado Square

Posted by Kimberly on June 27, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 27, 2007, page 2 (1,287 words)

If you happen to come across a lion on the streets near Senado Square tomorrow, don’t be alarmed; they will be celebrating the Feat of Kuan Tai.
On this occasion lion dances will be enacted starting from 6am and Chinese opera performed in a specially constructed bamboo shed outside the temple.
Visitors to the temple, located in the alleyway near Senado Square, will bring whole roasted pigs and chickens, part of a traditional Chinese celebration of food.
Around 300 people came to celebrate last year, both locals and tourists.
The temple is situated on the site of the old Macao bazaar.
Originally it was a meeting place for merchants, and was very important to the local Chinese community.
Prior to the establishment of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Macau in 1912, the area surrounding the temple was the centre of Chinese trading in Macao.
After the decline of the bazaar, the temple rose to importance in this area.
Kuan Tai is one of the major figures of Chinese history, and legend describes him as a superhero, admired by many. Several temples in the territory are dedicated to this deity, the one near Senado Square being one of the most important.
It is advised that visitors refrain from taking at the temple during the celebration as it is feared this will offend the spirit.
The temple will close at 6pm.


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