Tam Kong Festival

Coloane Village 11 am 

The Tam Kong Festival is held every year in Coloane Village on the 8th day of the 4th month on the lunar calendar. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012

It commemorates the birthday of Tam Kong, an orphan during the Qing dynasty, who gained extraordinary powers at the age of 12. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012 women wearing minority clothes

Legend has it that he could heal the sick and control the weather.  To bring rain, for example, he would toss a handful of peas onto the ground, and to stop fire, he only had to throw water in the air. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012 traditional Chinese actors

Among the fishing community in Macau, Tam Kong trails only A Ma, the goddess of all seafarers, in popularity and importance. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012 pretty girl on float Tam Kong Festival 2012 pretty girl with traditional Chinese mask

I read online that the festival is celebrated with a Chinese opera, a procession through the streets, while traditional offerings are made and firecrackers burnt near Tam Kong Temple

Tam Kong Festival 2012 women wearing colorful minority clothes

Perhaps those things happen later in the day because all we saw at 11:00 am was one long street filled with a colorful cast of characters and performers. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012 traditional Chinese dragons

Probably best described as a spectacle rather than a parade or anything else, there was everything from lion dances to stilt walkers, minority women to a peculiar man in pink doing something with a red fan. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012 traditional dance with red flags

Looking at his two pictures now, I still don’t know what that was.

Tam Kong Festival 2012 traditional dance with red flags

Even though I had no idea what one performer had to do with another, what I was in store for next, or what the point of it all was, I still had a great time at the Tam Kong Festival. 

Tam Kong Festival 2012 two children

Everywhere I looked there was something to see, and the mood on the street was especially festive.

Tam Kong Festival stilt walker Tam Kong Festival two stilt walkers dancing Tam Kong Festival two children on a float

Maven of Macau also hit the airwaves when Qi Meng got interviewed by a local TV crew, and she graciously told the world where she was from, why she had come and her thoughts on the festival.  

Tam Kong Festival pretty girl interviewed by TV crew

Before returning to the Macau Peninsula  to see the rest of the Drunken Dragon Festival, A Ping, Qi Meng and I took a quick walk through other parts of the beautiful Coloane Village

Coloane Village pretty girl outside of red building

We started by hitting the main charity house, before winding back toward the main traffic circle.

Coloane Village two pretty girls outside of red building

In such a gorgeous picturesque space, among trees that are centuries old, A Qing and Qi Meng stole the show.

Coloane Village two pretty girls on old road with old trees

Young beauty in full bloom is a bold bodacious force, and no one at the Tam Kong Festival could touch them that day.  

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