Thank you for accepting my interview today
May I ask what kind of business do you do
I am a carpenter
I carve wood
do your ancestors do this as well
yes all four generations
Our brand has over 100 years history
it is the Patron Lu Ban Festival coming up
can you explain to us what you know about the festival
lunar calendar 13th of June
Patron Lu Ban Is the ancestry of carpentry
he invented drill and saw
He also invented the right angle ruler
It used to be a rather stay on the 13th of June
all carpentry stores would have a day off
Many kids from the neighbourhood carry their bowls to ask for the master rice
What's so special about the master rice
Nothing special like rice noodle shrimp and roasted pork.
Because back then life is hard
Both you and Lu Ban are carpenters, what do you think about Lu Ban?
I find him a very smart guy. He is an inventor of carpentry and equipments.
He invented the saw
it is said that when he walked past the jungle
there was a cut in his feet
and he saw the saw shape on the leafs
So he think to himself, “How about if I apply this mechanism And make a tool with iron? “
And so he invented the saw.
any other things that he invented
Drill and the right angle ruler.
Are there any mysterious stories such as that does he knows magic?
I don't think he knows any magic.
Then why do people respect him so much?
Usually when people worship Gaunyin is because you can borrow money from her.
So who worship Lu Ban?
usually are those work in what we called “Three industries”
the carpentry, plastering and stone polishing.
Then why do they worship Lu Ban? Because of the blessings?
Yes, as a kind of blessing.
Just like the reason why fishermen worship the TinHau
It is because she blesses them.
People from the three industries worship Lu Ban
For a blessing in good business
Do you think Lu Ban blesses your store as well?
I think so. For a 100 years of prosperity, I think he does.
?魯班先師誕 Master Lu Pan?
?25 Jul 星期三 Wednesday
12:00 part 1 gather at Master Temple 在先師廟集合儀式
19:30 part 2 gather at Master temple then go dinner at Sai Ying Pun 在先師廟集合，之後移步至西營盤師傅飯
Address:15 Ching Lin Terrace, Li Po Lung Path, Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island
Can take MTR to Kennedy Town Station Exit B then walk to Shan Shi ST(山市街街口)
Contact= Holok 68780652
We are trying to extend the spirit of Lu Pan to all innovation and technologies. As a quest to promote a diversity of Cosmotechnics
The 13th of the 6th month of the Lunar Calendar
In ancient China different trades had their own ancestral master or protective deity. This phenomenon was the most common in handicraft industry and commercial sectors because people in these industries feared that their career would suffer because of any faults at work, therefore they would seek blessings from a dedicated deity. Master Lu Pan was most widely worshipped by people in the construction industry, and this practice had been passed down till today. 13th of the 6th Lunar Month is the Lu Pan Patron’s Day. On this day, no matter youngsters in the apprenticeship, employed workers, proprietors of the construction industry, or retired senior workers would pay their homage to the deity of the trade and pray for success at work.
Lu Pan Temple, located in Ching Lin Terrace, Sai Wan, was funded and built by a group of construction workers in 1884 (10th year in the reign of Emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty) to seek for the blessings of Master Lu Pan for safety at work. The temple was unique in its architecture and styling. Both interior and exterior were decorated by delicate murals and clay sculptures, demonstrating the highly skilled techniques. It was a two-hall structure with two ridges, each ridge was adorned by ceramic figurines from Shek Wan. The gable walls on both sides were of “Five Famous Mountains Paying Tribute to Heaven” style, Sun and Moon Gods could be found standing in the front of the verticle ridges.
Lu Pan Temple is now managed by Kwong Yuet Tong of Hong Kong. The statue of Master Lu Pan is donning official robes (he was posthumously given an official title), and in the front are the statues of his two disciples, each carrying the carpenter's straight line marker and the carpenter’s square – both according to legends were invented by Lu Pan. They serve as symbols warning the posterity to act “according to rule and stay within bounds”.
Master Lu Pan
Legends had it that Master Lu Pan was originally named “Goshu Ban”, and was born in the Kingdom of Lu (now Shandong) in the Spring and Autumn Period. He was a craftsman extraordinaire that he had invented many tools and established various laws of construction, hence people in the construction industry revered him as the Ancestral Master. He was particularly respected by three trades (in the past it meant carpentry, the trade of plastering and masonry), and later those in the trade of bamboo scaffolding, painting, brick and tile, and bar bending also revered him as “the Master”.
On the eve and the festival proper of the Lu Pan Patron’s Day, Kwong Yuet Tong would commission a Taoist priest to conduct a Taoist ceremony lasting one and a half days to appease the spirits of those in the construction industry passed away in accidents. This form of combining spirit-appeasing ceremonies and festivities can be found in other places, but in most cases the spirit-appeasing ceremony was conducted on one day and the festivities on the following day. Kwong Yuet Tong had a different way of approaching the matter: on the festival proper of the Lu Pan Patron’s Day the festivities were conducted separately but in parallel with the spirit-appeasing ceremonies, i.e. at the same time and same place.
On Lu Pan Patron’s Day, many students studying at the Construction Industry Council Training Academy, led by their mentors, would come and offer incense. The Labour and Welfare Bureau would organize the award presentation ceremony of the Skills Upgrading Lu Pan Award at the ad hoc stage outside the temple, in recognition of construction and maintenance workers who have dedicated their free time to upgrading their skills in the spirit of Lu Pan. Kwong Yuet Tong and representatives of the construction industry, while celebrating the festival, would also attend the event making it even more exciting. After the ceremonies, lion and dragon dance troupes would perform at the open space in front of the temple to entertain both men and deity.
Festivities celebrating the Lu Pan Patron’s Day today pale in comparison to the old days. In the past, the construction industry would take a day off on the festival proper and many shops would distribute free “Master Rice” (rice with vermicelli, dried shrimps and beans) to the public. Tradition has it that children who eat the “master rice” would grow up as smart, versatile and hard-working as Master Lu Pan, which makes the “master rice” highly popular. But with the older generation of craftsman passing away and more shops closed down, the tradition of “Master Rice” had gradually faded out since the 1960s. The new generation is less keen on this tradition and no longer so supportive of the Lu Pan Temple.