On the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month, it is the birthday of Mazu. Mazu is the goddess of the sea. It is worshiped by people with Chinese culture. Mazu temples in every areas hold related activities for celebrating her birthday. In tradition, the statue of Mazu placed on a palanquin will be taken on a tour of her temples.
On her way to destination , she will bring good luck to the towns and villages she passes through. The palanquin is always accompanied by believers who want to show their devotion by walking with Mazu on her journey. In Taiwan, the most famous and biggest tour of inspection is Dajia Mazu.
Thousands of believers crowd the roads, streets and temples. Lots of people want to touch the palanquin or crawl beneath the palanquin. It’s believed that both actions can get Mazu’s blessing.
However, it’s not possible all pilgrims can achieve their hopes. The crowd make the tour delay all the time. Because of that, people who lift the palanquin will speed the walk. Thus, people consider if there’s a way we can feel Mazu or god stand by us. It’s normal to have lucky charms. Besides, some temple make Mazu’s merchandises or accessories for pilgrims such as cute figures USB, card, key rings and so on.
The USB is the most special one! Some temples use 3D customized USB with gods figures. Not only can pilgrims can feel safe by gods’ company but the data in the USB can be safe from virus or stolen by someone. Believers can also take the figure USB to worship.
Is itpossible god stand buus all the time? The answer is YES! With the god like accessories we feel they just stand by us and give us blessings. Anyway, happy birthday to Mazu!