In the first month of the lunar year and on May 13th of the lunar calendar, a grand temple fair is held at the Temple of Guan Yu. The temple becomes crowded and people of the Jingzhou, Hubei province play dragon lanterns, paddle lotus gathering boats, ride horses to shoot arrows, wind trumpets and lift sedan chairs.
It has been an invariable custom of Jingzhou over the past thousand years to worship Guan Yu. In the days when Guan Yu led troops into battles against Kingdom Wu and returned in triumph, soldiers and civilians of Jingzhou lined the street outside the North Gate to welcome him. They beat their drums and gongs and set off firecrackers. The street remains known as Victory Street. On New Year's Day and other festivals, the young men of Jingzhou who play dragon lanterns would first pay respect for Guan Gong at the temple.