Dajia Jenn Lann Mazu Embarks on Return Trip|停留新港奉天宮2天1夜 大甲媽起駕回鑾


The Dajia Mazu's pilgrimage has embarked on its return trip back to Jenn Lann Temple. Temple Chairperson Yen Ching-piao, Chiayi County Magistrate Weng Chang-liang and Feng Tian Temple Chairperson Ho Ta-huang officiated the ceremony by lighting firecracker, which signifies the start of the trip. The process was shortened to 30 minutes instead of 3 hours due to the coronavirus epidemic.


With incenses in their hands, Jenn Lann Temple Chairperson Yen Ching-piao, Chiayi County Magistrate Weng Chang-liang and Feng Tian Temple Chairperson Ho Ta-huang officiated the return ceremony for the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage. Even wearing a face mask cannot hide his tiredness, Yen was in a long-sleeved white shirt while escorting Mazu's return trip with Weng.

After the worshipping and fruit offering ceremony, the two carefully escorted the Dajia Mazu statue out of the Feng Tian Temple altar. Surrounding pilgrims were taking photos and videos while others lengthened their arms, hoping to be blessed by the Mazu.

Weng and Yen, together with Legislator Chen Ming-wen escorted Mazu to the first intersection from the Feng Tian Temple, where Yen Ching-piao's son, Yen Kuan-heng took over the escort and speeded up the process. The Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage attracts thousands of pilgrims all over Taiwan every year, but due to the shortened preparation time this year, the pilgrims in Singang said only 20 percent of pilgrims attended the procession when compared with previous years.

In the past, pilgrims would light firecrackers and crawl underneath the Mazu's palanquin, but all of that were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The whole process which used to take three hours to finish only took a little over 30 minutes to complete. The procession arrived at the Lunzi Bridge between Chiayi and Yunlin at 11pm. Dajia Mazu is expected to arrive back at the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple on June 20th and complete the nine-day and eight-night procession.



持香敬拜、鎮瀾宮董事長顏清標,和嘉義縣長翁章梁、奉天宮董事長何達煌,三人擔任大甲媽祖起駕回鑾儀式主祭;顏清標同樣穿著白色長袖襯衫、戴著口罩,雖然表情有點疲倦,仍然完成儀式,和翁章梁一起負責護駕工作。

結束祭拜與獻果儀式,兩人小心翼翼地將媽祖神像護送離開奉天宮神壇;一旁信徒有的人手機拍照錄影,也有人伸長手臂,希望可以獲得媽祖保佑。

顏清標和翁章梁,以及立委陳明文,一同陪媽祖走到廟前的第一個路口,才由兒子顏寬恆接力和媽祖一路快走。大甲媽遶境每年都會吸引全國各地民眾前來參拜,但今年因為準備時間比較倉促,新港的信徒表示,大約只有往年2成的信眾參加。

沿途信眾往年會在回駕路程,放鞭炮、鑽轎腳,但今年因為防疫關係、全部省略,因此原本要花費3小時才走得完的路程,今年只用了半個多小時就走完,大約晚間11點就抵達嘉義雲林交界的崙子大橋。離開奉天宮後,大甲媽預計20號回到大甲鎮瀾宮,結束9天8夜的遶境行程。

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