读特客户端·深圳新闻网2023年6月2日讯（记者 金洪竹 林恒鑫 陈彦如 张玲 李丹璐 实习生 刘茜 黄瑜） 每年农历三月初三前后，是深圳西乡北帝庙会“刷屏”深圳人朋友圈的时刻。有着500余年历史的西乡北帝古庙，自明朝万历年间便开始举办“三月三”庙会，以庆贺北帝生辰。2022年4月入选第八批广东省非物质文化遗产名录的西乡北帝庙会，如今已经是深圳规模最大的传统庙会。
Around the beginning of the third lunar month each year, the atmosphere in Xixiang becomes filled with the traditional temple fair culture, causing a frenzy on the social media feeds of Shenzhen residents.
Xixiang Beidi Ancient Temple, with a history of over 500 years, has been hosting the Third March Temple Fair since the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty to celebrate the birthday of Beidi (the Northern Deity).
In April 2022, Xixiang Beidi Temple Fair was included in the eighth batch of Guangdong Province's intangible cultural heritage list, and it has now become the largest traditional temple fair in Shenzhen.
With lion dance, Yingge Dance, Chaozhou drum show, and the crowded feast, the temple fair immerses countless newcomers to Shenzhen in an experience of the traditional Shenzhen cultural heritage. Every year, amidst the resounding drums and lively parades, we are overwhelmed by the vibrant atmosphere.
In addition to the crucial ceremony of welcoming the Beidi deity, Cantonese opera performances are also a cherished tradition of the temple fair. In this episode of “Shenzhen, Have Fun”, we will unveil the curtain of the Cantonese opera performance at the Beidi Temple Fair, allowing our readers to personally experience what it feels like to be a Cantonese opera actor.
Through the poignant and classic melody of "The Legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai," we will pass on the torch of Cantonese opera culture, which continues to flourish up to nowadays.
After going through a series of meticulous preparation steps, including applying foundation and blush, shaping eyebrows, applying eye makeup, putting on lipstick, and adjusting the eyebrows, Jin Hongzhu, our journalist from Shenzhen News Network, finally completed the iconic role transformation for "The Legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai." Temporarily, she apprenticed under Wang Junying, the director of the Guangzhou Youth Cantonese Opera Troupe, to receive basic training in Cantonese opera performance.
Originating from Foshan, Guangdong, Cantonese opera is performed in the Cantonese dialect and is the largest opera genre in the Guangdong and Guangxi regions. It is also recognized as one of the world's intangible cultural heritages. Even today, Cantonese opera remains a beloved art form for the people of these areas.
During the nearly ten-day-long temple fair in this year, Cantonese opera performances were scheduled almost every evening, attracting a crowded audience. The distinctive Cantonese Opera style carries a unique rhythm and melody, and every word and sentence resonates with the local accent.
As a veteran Cantonese opera performer who has dedicated decades of youth and passion to his dream, Wang Junying never ceases to advocate for a brighter future for Cantonese opera. "Soon it will be our turn to retire, and it will be up to the younger generation to take over the game. I also hope that relevant departments can give more attention to our national culture, and to value the quintessence of Lingnan, to carry Cantonese Opera forward. " he emphasizes.
Onstage and offstage, the baton is passed from one performer to another, and the dramas unfold, portraying the stories of the mortal world. It is through the unwavering pursuit of their dreams by countless Cantonese Opera actors that the unique local characteristics and cultural heritage of the Guangdong region are passed down to the next generation. In each classic and familiar play, the past and future of the people nurtured by this cultural land are connected, spanning centuries.