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Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is one of the main festivals in Hong Kong; Cheung Chau is located about 12 kilometers south of Hong Kong Island and the Bun festival is a celebration local to this island only that consists in a worship in Honor to Pak Tai (a Taoist god of the sea) that scare away evil spirits by loud gongs and drums. In fact this tradition comes from more than 100 years; itís believed that a plague devastated the late Qing Dynasty and after locals did the sacrifice to Pak Tai to drive off evil spirits, the plague ended.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
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The celebration usually takes place in the eighth day of the fourth moon and endures 4 days providing visitors lifelong memories. Some activities that visitors enjoy during Cheung Chau Bun Festival are:

  • All people in the island go Vegetarian, and locals organize a festival, a kind of thanksgiving during three days, before the principal day of celebration; this time you wonít find any kind of meat or eggs or its derivatives in any restaurant or fast food, not even MacDonald, in fact they sell burgers made of mushrooms during this time.

  • The first day of the celebration, before 1978,had taken place the Bun Towers competition; the Towers were outside the Pak Tai temple and were made of bamboo with over 60 foot high; in these towers people competed by climbing up them until all of the buns have been pulled off; but since an accident happened in 1978, when the towers collapsed under the weight of participants. Nowadays thereís not a competition anymore.

  • The best part of the festival is the procession, in which children dressed as legendary and modern heroes are suspended above the crowd, lion dances and other colorful participants. The day of the procession is a holiday on the Buddhist calendar, so everyone can enjoy of it.



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