- Spectacular aerial images show a massive ancestor worship assembly held in Shenzhen, China
- Participants, all surnamed Huang, gathered from 28 countries around the world for the annual event
- Traditional Cantonese cuisine, named ‘poon choi’, was served in basins during the 3,200-table feast
Over 32,000 people sharing a common surname gathered for an ancestor worship event in southern China this week.
Thousands of tables were set up to cater to the attendees at the Xiasha Culture Square of Shenzhen city, reported People’s Daily.
The spectacular event, held on November 13, was hosted by a family association, whose members are all surnamed ‘Huang’, a common Chinese family name.
The event has been held annually since 1980 and is historically significant.
Many overseas Chinese travelled from 28 countries including United States, Thailand and Malaysia, to attend the annual gathering in Shenzhen, reported Nanfang Metropolis Daily.
Representatives of Huang’s family from over a dozen Chinese provinces also joined the event in Xiasha of Shenzhen city.
The association picked Xiasha Culture Square as the venue to commemorate their ancestors because this is the area which the Huang people have made major contribution to in its development.
Many overseas Chinese travelled from 28 countries including United States, Thailand and Malaysia, to attend the gathering
Representatives of Huang’s family from over a dozen Chinese provinces joined the event in Xiasha district this week
The crowds gathered to watch cultural performance while enjoying a traditional Cantonese meal named ‘big bowl feast’.
To satisfy the huge amount of attendants, a total of 3,200 tables were set up to seat the members. Meals were served in large basins made of wood, porcelain or metal.
The ‘big bowl feast’, known as ‘poon choi’ in local dialect, comprises of nine to 12 layers of food put in the big container.
A typical big bowl feast includes pork, beef, lamb, abalone, chicken, duck, shrimp, crab, various mushrooms, Chinese radish and tofu, according to Hong Kong Tourism Board.
The crowds gathered to watch cultural performance while enjoying a traditional Cantonese meal named ‘big bowl feast’