Fun in ICH – August Events
Fringe Activities of "The Oral Legacies Series II: The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong" Exhibition
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Field Visit: Yu Lan Cultural Tradition
Every year during the seventh lunar month, communities in Hong Kong will organise various activities to tie in with Yu Lan Ghost Festival. Through various rites and rituals, offerings are made to ancestors, and alms are given to the homeless spirits, manifesting the Chinese traditional values of filial piety and the spirit of giving. The Chiu Chow ethnic group in Hong Kong is particularly keen on upholding the Chaozhou and Shantou folk customs. In 2011, the Yu Lan Ghost Festival was inscribed onto the third National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
On this site visit of the Yu Lan Ghost Festival of Tung Tau Estate in Wong Tai Sin, participants will be given the opportunity to study the layout of the grounds, the orientation of the bamboo sheds, the meticulous observation of sequential order of offerings on the altars etc. The participants will learn how the various make-shift bamboo structures are built in specific spots to facilitate interaction with the various rituals, from the theatre to the prayer altar, deity altar, and the rice shed. Behind such arrangements is the compassion and caring for the needy both in the mortal world and the netherworld.
There is an adage in Cantonese Opera about the importance of donning the right costumes: "Better torn than wrong". Glamourous, colourful and rich in variety, Cantonese Opera costumes are donned with strict rules, down to the last ornament. Actors would match the headdress, helmet and footwear according to the plot and characterisation. Participants of this workshop will learn the basics of donning opera costumes and have a brief idea on the daily operations of the wardrobe department in a troupe. With the assistance of the instructor, they will have the opportunity to dress up like the performers in Cantonese Opera, and enjoy the unique, hands-on experience.
Fee: Free admission
Enquiry: Miss Tse (Tel: 2780 2283, email: email@example.com)