The Darwin Chinese Temple is not restricted to Taoists. It is in fact shared by Buddhists, Taoists and Confucius followers. Chinese people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Timor and Taiwan regularly attend this Temple and a full year of celebrations is carried out. You do have to be on hand at the right times to participate in the different feasts and events. The beginning of the year is an exhausting period of shop blessings involving at least four teams of lion dancers and over 100 members of the Chung Wah Society. Next most known is the Moon Festival. Little known events like the Feast of the Hungry Ghosts occur during the year.
Unfortunately the Chinese Museum suffers from a shortage of volunteers. They are unpaid and usually retirees. It is well worth contacting the Museum Co-ordinator to find out when the Museum is open because it is a wonderful record of the Chinese contribution to Darwin, the NT and Australia in the fields of agriculture, building, mining and railway making. Also notable is the Chinese contributions to the Australian armed forces despite the prejudice which had to be overcome by the Chinese right up to the mid-1950's. It is sad that Darwin's Chinatown was demolished, not by the Japanese, but by the Australian troops under the orders of the Curtin wartime Government.
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