Rhodes Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event

悉尼天后宫位于悉尼西區的 Canley Vale,1979年下旬進入籌備工作,1980年初正式成立位於悉尼中國城,1981遷移至(租)1st fl 44 Park Rd Cabramatta NSW,籌建動土於 1991年,落成於1995年。Canley Vale位於悉尼西區的Cabramatta市旁邊,上世纪70年代,澳洲政府收容了很多東南亞半島的難民,大多數是華人,將他們安置在Cabramatta附近。媽祖也是東南亞一代眾多華人的信仰,所以當這批華人移民到澳洲後,為了感恩媽祖保佑他們平安的定居與這新天地,他們發願在此建立一座媽祖廟,這就是悉尼天后宮的由來。


The origin myth of Mazu purports that she was born on Meizhou Island, did not cry when she was born, and became an excellent swimmer who stood on the shore while wearing red garments to guide fishing vessels home even horrible weather. Despite her relatively young age at the time of her death, Mazu devoted her life to helping others in miraculous ways.

Mazu is protective in her very nature and watches over sailors, fishermen and travelers. While initially only the goddess of the sea, she became worshipped as something that is evidently more important than that. She is seen as a protective goddess of life and and also by the name Tianhou widely regarded as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven. Her worship has gradually extended its reach to encompass China’s coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities, with a notable presence in Taiwan. Additionally, her influence has made its way to places like Sydney, Australia.

The Mazu pilgrimage is an annual religious tradition in Taiwan and other Chinese communities, where devotees embark on a journey to honor and seek blessings from Mazu, the goddess of the sea. These pilgrimages typically involve the transportation of Mazu’s sacred statue in ornate palanquins, with worshippers parading through cities and towns, often covering considerable distances. The processions attract large crowds of both religious pilgrims and curious onlookers. Participants engage in various rituals, including bowing and crawling beneath the palanquin, to express gratitude and devotion to Mazu, believing that these actions bring good fortune and blessings. The Mazu pilgrimage serves as a cultural and spiritual event, fostering a sense of community and religious fervor among the participants.

The Sydney Tin Hau Temple established in 1991 is situated in Canley Vale, in the southwest district of Sydney. Adjacent to Canley Vale is Cabramatta, known as Sydney’s Little Saigon, where many Vietnamese refugees were resettled by the Australian government in the 1970s. Mazu, the goddess of the sea, is a common deity among the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. When Vietnamese immigrants arrived in Australia, grateful for Mazu’s blessings for a safe journey to this new land, they pledged to build a Mazu temple. This is the origin of the Sydney Tin Hau Temple. The Sydney Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event is normally consistently held in Cabramatta, where the Tin Hau Temple is located. Each year, devotees from all over Australia gather in Cabramatta for the event, seeking spiritual harmony, virtues, and compassion.

In partnership with the Sydney Tin Hau Temple, the Mazu pilgrimage, scheduled for Sunday, February 25th, will commence at 11 am and conclude by 1 pm. This marks its inaugural venture outside Cabramatta, with the representation of the goddess moving to Rhodes for the 2024 Lunar New Year Carnival. The collaboration is geared towards bestowing blessings upon the Rhodes community for a prosperous and harmonious year, promoting the well-being of its residents. The Mazu pilgrimage serves as a symbolic expression of a collective commitment to virtue, benevolence, and compassion.