Celebrating Guan Gong on Broome Street [Video]

Posted on: July 26th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

A pesky heat wave couldn’t keep Chinatown locals from celebrating on Broome Street between Eldridge and Forsyth. Sunday afternoon, drummers, flag-bearers, martial arts performers, and dragon dancers all gathered outside the unassuming Guan Gong Temple at 294 Broome for the festivities.  The sound echoed for blocks, but only drew a rather intimate crowd.

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Now, the explanation.  Every year, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth lunar month, believers celebrate the birthday of Guan Gong (nay, Guan Yu).  This year, it fell on Sunday.  Guan is a beloved historical figure in the Chinese sects of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.  Like so many deified beings in world religions, much of his story has become myth and/or fiction.

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