|Wong Tai Sin Cultural Festival|
On the morning of October 31, the 21st China Lanxi Wong Tai Sin Cultural Festival, with the theme of “Promoting Wong Tai Sin Culture and Developing the Cultural Tourism of Lanxi,” and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Wong Tai Sin Temple were held. Thousands of followers of Wong Tai Sin participated in the event.
Wong Tai Sin, whose birth name is Huang Chuping, was born in the village of Huangpen, Yunshan Subdistrict, and came to be revered as a Taoist deity. His core beliefs of “giving response to every prayer, benefiting society, and preaching goodness” have been passed on for thousands of years. Wong Tai Sin devotion has gradually become a profound and far-reaching culture that spreads to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and beyond.
As the hometown of Wong Tai Sin, Lanxi still preserves the Er Xian Well, the Stone Gate, Wong Tai Sin Temple, and other relics, attracting a large number of believers and tourists from home and abroad every year to make pilgrimages. In 2008, the stories of Wong Tai Sin was included in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
During the activity, the Fellowship of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism donated a set of books titled Oriental Taoism to the Wong Tai Sin Temple; the inauguration ceremony of the new temple gate and an offering ceremony were held; and the medical community of the Chinese Medicine Hospital launched a free clinic. Meanwhile, the documentary Exploring the Mysteries of Wong Tai Sin also premiered in Lanxi. (Translated by Wei Han, edited by Kendra Fiddler)