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Feast of Na cha

Introduction

The Feast of Na Tcha is on the eighteenth day of the fifth lunar month. Two parades are arranged on that day. One starts from the worship ritual with incenses in the Na Tcha Temple near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Afterwards, the lion dance team escorts the Na Tcha statue and the dancing lion “caiqing” or “plucks the greens” along the route of the parade in Macao. Besides, another parade called “Prince Na Tcha Parade” starts from the Na Tcha Temple. The parade consists of the groups of Jinzha, Muzha and Na Tcha, along with a golden dragon guard, celestial beauties scattering petals, etc. As a part of World Heritage Monuments in the Historic Centre of Macau, the Na Tcha Temple near the Ruins of St. Paul’s is a perfect presentation of the mix of oriental and occidental cultures in Macao. On the Feast of Na Tcha, a worship ritual take places at around 9:30 am and participants pray the Na Tcha statue with incenses. Afterwards, the lion dance team beat the drums and gongs, and escorts the Na Tcha statue to a vehicle which tours around Macao, Taipa and Coloane and the dancing lion will pluck the greens along the route. 

There is an ancient Na Tcha temple near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. The ritual for Na Tcha celebration has a history of decades, and its activities include dramas, grabbing firecrackers, lifting the Na Tcha statue and so on. The main activity is “Procession of Prince Na Tcha the Great.” A team consisting of more than a hundred of people starts the procession from the Na Tcha Temple, and tour around Rua do Campo, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Rua dos Mercadores and Senado Square, and blessing rituals are held at some points along the route. It is worth mentioning that the palanquin used for putting the Na Tcha statue on was manufactured by Tai Cheong Shop in 1903, and has a history of over a hundred years.


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Feast of Na cha

The Feast of Na Tcha is on the eighteenth day of the fifth lunar month. Two parades are arranged on that day. One starts from the worship ritual with incenses in the Na Tcha Temple near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Afterwards, the lion dance team escorts the Na Tcha statue and the dancing lion “caiqing” or “plucks the greens” along the route of the parade in Macao. Besides, another parade called “Prince Na Tcha Parade” starts from the Na Tcha Temple. The parade consists of the groups of Jinzha, Muzha and Na Tcha, along with a golden dragon guard, celestial beauties scattering petals, etc. As a part of World Heritage Monuments in the Historic Centre of Macau, the Na Tcha Temple near the Ruins of St. Paul’s is a perfect presentation of the mix of oriental and occidental cultures in Macao. On the Feast of Na Tcha, a worship ritual take places at around 9:30 am and participants pray the Na Tcha statue with incenses. Afterwards, the lion dance team beat the drums and gongs, and escorts the Na Tcha statue to a vehicle which tours around Macao, Taipa and Coloane and the dancing lion will pluck the greens along the route. 

There is an ancient Na Tcha temple near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. The ritual for Na Tcha celebration has a history of decades, and its activities include dramas, grabbing firecrackers, lifting the Na Tcha statue and so on. The main activity is “Procession of Prince Na Tcha the Great.” A team consisting of more than a hundred of people starts the procession from the Na Tcha Temple, and tour around Rua do Campo, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Rua dos Mercadores and Senado Square, and blessing rituals are held at some points along the route. It is worth mentioning that the palanquin used for putting the Na Tcha statue on was manufactured by Tai Cheong Shop in 1903, and has a history of over a hundred years.