2011 Mazu Birthday, Guandu Temple 妈祖诞，关渡宫
Although Mazu’s birthday is on the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month, devotees began praying to her a few days before the birthday.
Anticipating the crowds, shops around the Guan Du temple had also begun offering prayer items especially longevity peaches, longevity noodles and other items used for prayers.
The space in front of Mazu shrine was very quickly filled up with offerings and flowers. Some devotees even commissioned special offerings packed to look like hampers. These were places on special tables nearer to the shrine.
This is just the eve of Mazu's birthday. In the next few hours and on the day of the birthday, even more devotees and visitors are expected.