CHEUNG CHAU BUN HONGKONG
The signature festival “Cheung Chau Bun Festival”of HongKongwas celebrated amidst huge fanfare and excitement on 25 May 2015 and 26 May 2015. The two-day festival with more than 100 years of rich heritage witnessed Taoist ceremonies, Piu Sik Parade and an unique Bun Scrambling Competition.
Tagged as the most vibrant and colourful festival of HongKong, Cheung Chau Bun Festival featured “ K-Pop Stars”by one of the Piu Sik Parade Teams, the first ever “ Ping On ( Lucky ) Macaron” with Chinese tea favour is invented, and more to be found out on the island. To sum up Cheung Chao Festival is a depiction of age long cultural ethos.
It all started with a plague that devastated Cheung Chau in the late Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The islanders built an altar in front of the Pak Tai Temple and petitioned the god Pak Tai to drive off the evil spirits besieging the island, while parading statues of deities through the narrow lanes of their village. The plague ended after the performance of these Taoist rituals and 100 years later the rituals are still performed in a festival that is listed as an intangible part of China’s cultural heritage.
Piu Sik Parade
The highlight of the festival is the Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade. This dramatic reenactment of the ceremonial parade held to drive away a plague a century ago sees young children, dressed in the guises of traditional deities and modern celebrities, balance on poles and accompanied by gongs and lion dancers, appearing to float above the crowds in a carnival-like procession.
Bun Scrambling Competition
Opposite the Pak Tai Temple, competitors stand poised at the bottom of an enormous bamboo tower studded with imitation buns. On the signal, they scramble up it and try to collect as many “lucky buns” as possible. The higher the buns, the more points they are worth
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