Goddess of Mazu festival 2012 opens in Tianjin

Updated: 2012-09-29
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The opening ceremony was held at Tianjin's Tianhou Temple on Ancient Culture Street.
The newly-unveiled statue of Goddess Mazu at Tianjin's Binhai Tourism Area is world's tallest of its kind.
On the 27th September the opening ceremony of the Sixth Chinese Tianjin Mazu Goddess Cultural Tourism Festival was held at Tianhou Temple, also known as Tianjin Mazu Temple.

Activities such as worshipping, theatrical performances and traditional-style street parades, during which statues of Mazu were carried during various folk performances, were held after the opening ceremony.

On the same day a 42.3 meter tall statue of Mazu, the world's tallest, was erected at Binhai Tourism Area.

More than 2,500 Mazu believers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and ten other countries attended the bi-annual festival.

The God Mazu takes its name from a woman, born as Lin Moniang in Fujian around 960 AD, who was able to forecast the weather at sea and was later deified as a goddess of the ocean.
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