Matsu Festival: Pilgrimage, Dolphins, and Meal Relief

Sea Goddess Matsu to be Accompanied by her Critically Endangered “Fish” During Pilgrimage

This weekend, Taiwanese conservation groups will be joining the eight-day Tachia Matsu Pilgrimage (大甲媽祖遶境) in central Taiwan in order to raise awareness of the plight of Taiwan’s critically endangered humpback dolphins, also known locally as “Matsu’s Fish” (媽祖魚).

[...]During the annual pilgrimage, which celebrates Matsu’s birthday on the 23rd day of the third month in the lunar calendar, a statue of the goddess will be carried from Tachia Chenlan Temple (大甲鎮瀾宮) in Taichung, central Taiwan, to nearby cities and villages.

The environmental groups making up the Matsu’s Fish Conservation Union (MFCU) are hoping that their participation in the festival will raise awareness of the critically endangered population of humpback dolphins that live in a narrow stretch of coastal waters along Taiwan’s west coast.

The dolphins are thought to have been named “Matsu’s fish” by coastal communities because they are more easily spotted from around the third month of the lunar calendar and have therefore been said to be surfacing to wish Matsu a happy birthday.Read More...

The Matsu Temple in Dajia

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