Photo Blog: Dazzling birthday of Goddess Mazu

The Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association organised a colourful street procession to commemorate the 1,052nd birthday of Goddess Mazu recently.

Hundreds of devotees joined the 3.9km procession which started from the tourist belt of Jalan Imbi, Jalan Bukit Bintang and wound its way through Jalan Pudu and Jalan Sultan in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.

Goddess Mazu, also known as the Goddess of the Sea or the Queen of Heaven (Thean Hou) is worshiped by devotees for her blessing, peace and protection. Women come to pray to Goddess Mazu for a son.

The Thean Hou temple dedicated to Goddess Mazu is located on top of Robson Hill off Jalan Syed Putra along the Federal Highway.


The parade to honour Goddess Mazu on the occasion of her 1052nd birthday.


A colourful parade and procession in honour of the sea goddess Mazu.


Devotees carrying the Goddess Mazu’s statue on a sedan chair.


The statue of the Goddess Mazu, worshipped by devotees for her blessing, peace and protection.


The blowing of trumpets and the beating of gongs add to the festive atmosphere.


Waving colourful flags of red, green, blue and yellow.


The dragon dance performing in front of CIMB/Bank Islam in Jalan Bukit BIntang.


The lion dancers with their playful antics and dancing.


The stilt walkers dressed in costumes of the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology.


Stilt walkers in costumed characters of Chinese legend "Journey to the West".


The dazzling chingay performance in front of Federal Hotel in Jalan Bukit Bintang.


The Chinese fairies come down to earth to dance.


In the spirit of 1Malaysia a Malay dance troupe is seen performing on the street.


An Indian dance troupe dancing along at the zebra crossing.


The parade passing in front of Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) in Jalan Pudu.


Children carrying lanterns along Jalan Sultan in KL's Chinatown.