Temple Festivals

Since the Yuan dynasty, the imperial court and people in Beijing conduct a grande temple festival annually on March 28th in the Lunar calendar to celebrate the birthday of Dong Yue the Great and ask for prosperity and longevity. After its closure in the early twentieth century, it reopened its gate to the public since 1999, and it moved the temple festival from the birthday of Dong Yue the Great to the Spring Festival.

More importantly, the temple festival incorporated more folk customs such as the lion dance or blowing sugar, which are traditional practices that aim to generate the red-hot sociality rather than offer worship to deities. Thus, the temple festival in the new era focuses more on the collective gathering of the people, instead of establishing a close and direct connection with Dong Yue the Great through sacrificial offerings.