Pak Tai Festival: Celebrating the Ancient God of the North

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The city celebrates the ancient black deity Pak Tai for the protection he offers sailors at sea.


Falling on the third day of the third month in the lunar calendar, the Pak Tai Festival is a centuries-old festival celebrating the birth of Pak Tai, the Black God of the North.

Pak Tai is celebrated in Hong Kong due to his connection to water, and was once worshipped by sailors who believe the god can bring about safety at sea and make sure they were never lost on their voyages.

In Hong Kong, the birth of Pak Tai is celebrated with various activities such as incense offerings at various Pak Tai Temples across Hong Kong, and lively deity parades at the Happy Valley Pak Tai Temple on the eve of the festival.

However, please note that the impact of Covid-19 on this year’s festivities is unclear, and it is possible that some or all parades may not take place.


When: 26 Mar 2020 - 26 Mar 2020 Where: Various, Hong Kong