BEIJING (AP) – Surrounded by a steady stream of Hong Kong worshippers offering prayers for the new year, Annie Leung is lifted by her father above the clouds of incense in Man Mo Temple in central Hong Kong.
The 12-year-old visitor touches a guandao on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year while being lifted by her father. A guandao is a type of traditional Chinese weapon, and touching it is said to bring good fortune for the coming year. Man Mo Temple pays tribute to the diety of literature (‘Man’ in Chinese) and diety of war (‘Mo’ in Chinese). The temple was traditionally worshipped by scholars in ancient China looking to excel in civil examinations that would win them high positions in government.
Leung, who was spending time with his family over the Chinese New Year holiday, said that her new year wish “is to achieve good results in school”.