COLOANE VILLAGE (Portuguese : VILA de COLOANE) is a village in Macau, China. It stands as a living testament to Macau’s dual Portuguese & Cantonese heritage.
COLOANE is historically a fishing village and port for trade with the neighbouring islands along the coast off Guangdong Province. Before the fall of the Qing Dynasty (i.e. 1912), pirates were a great problem in COLOANE and posed a serious threat to local fishermen and traders. In front of the little Chapel, dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier, is a monument commemorating a successful Portuguese action against Chinese pirates in 1910.
The Village centres on Eduardo Marques Square, which is a rectangle paved with cobblestones that are black, white and yellow, laid out in a wavy pattern reminiscent of the sea. The Square faces a seaside promenade that traces the channel dividing Macau from the hills of China proper.
Along the AVENIDA de CINCO de OUTUBRO is the TAM KUNG Temple, which is a Taoist Temple dedicated to the seafarers’ God ——- TAM KUNG. A modern deep-water port is next to KA HO, a village with a typical countryside lifestyle.
In the Temple, there is a Tablet set up in 1964 by the Duty Committee of the Street Charity Committee of COLOANE, which mentions the origin of the Temple. The Temple is only dedicated to TAM KUNG. It is said that TAM KUNG originated from the God of the Mount of Nine Dragons of HUIZHOU and often changed into a child to help the poor. It is also said that Tam Kung is Taoist. The day of celebration of the Temple of Tam Kung is the 8th of April of the Lunar Year. In recent years, the performance of sacred battle is played to commemorate the anniversary of Tam Kung.
The Church of OUR LADY OF SORROWS (Latin : BEATA MARIA VIRGO PERDOLENS). The Seven Sorrows of Mary is a popular Roman Catholic Devotion. The Seven Sorrows are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a common devotion for Catholics to say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Mary for each : (1) The Prophecy of Simon. (2) The Flight into Egypt. (3) The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (4) Mary meets Jesus on the road to Calvary. (5) Jesus dies on the Cross. (6) The Piercing of the side of Jesus. (7) The Body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.