The annual Dajia Mazu procession was suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, as the pandemic subsides, the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple announced unexpectedly that the procession will begin this Thursday, June 11 and will last for 9 days and 8 nights.
The Dajia Jenn Lann Temple announced, at 11 o'clock a.m. on June 8, that the annual Mazu procession will take off on June 11, at 11 pm.
On June 11, which is this coming Thursday, the procession will begin and it will last for 9 days and 8 nights. Everybody must please wear face masks and stay safe.
The procession is set to take off on the upcoming Thursday. The Dajia Jenn Lann Temple has stressed that it has coordinated the many details of the event with many other temples. Although the ban on public activities has been lifted, the temple has put in place a number of measures to reduce the total number of participants. These include canceling large-scale congregations, as well as reducing the number of rituals such as where the pilgrims collectively kneel down below the palanquin. The temple has also asked all participating pilgrims to keep a safe distance from one another. Asked about whether the temple will register all the participants' names, the temple did not respond.
The total number of followers cannot exceed 800 at a time. The rule is made in line with the government's regulations on limiting the number of people in a congregation to below 1,000. The banquet at the beginning of the procession is canceled as well, so is the celebratory event. We encourage the pilgrims to pay tribute to Mazu in their own time.
Many pilgrims are surprised by the announcement that the procession is set to take off in only three days. But they believe the temple is ready for the event, and that they themselves need to reduce activities such as having gatherings to have meals together in order to stay safe at a time when the pandemic is subsiding.
I was a little surprised. I had no idea (prior to the announcement). I think all those who follow along the Mazu statue will follow the disease prevention measures and refrain from eating together. I think we should pay attention (to health measures).
The upcoming Mazu procession will last 9 days and 8 nights as it did in past years. The procession will pass by over 100 temples in 4 counties. In the past, the procession attracted at least 2 million participants each year. The Daji Jenn Lann Temple has promised that it will enforce disease prevention measures and crowd control. Asked about whether the temple has communicated with the Central Epidemic Command Center about the upcoming procession, the temple said it will consult the center in the future for professional assistance.