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Birthday of Tam Kung
Hong Kong

農曆四月初八,譚公誕也是跟佛誕同日,大約上午十時,由筲箕灣東大街至譚公廟,都是參觀大型會景巡遊、舞獅舞龍、花炮會巡遊、飄色巡遊的好地方。譚公是元朝惠東歸善(廣東惠州)人,早於 12 歲得道,可以說是少數本地神祇之一。相傳,譚公有呼風喚雨、替人治病的能力,故被奉為神,更深受看天吃飯的漁民信奉。據説,譚公能拋擲豌豆使風暴平靜,也能以撒水來呼風喚雨。在香港和澳門的沿海地區,有不少民衆信奉;而筲箕灣的信眾更認爲,他們多年前舉行的一次巡遊使村民在瘟疫中幸免於難。每年也有成千上萬的信眾參加譚公誕慶典活動。

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