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Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Scramble To The Top Of A Bun Tower

The Bun Festival is a Taoist festival that celebrates the time that the image of Pak Tai, god of the North and patron of Fishermen, was paraded through the village and drove off the evil plague and pirate problems. The festival lasts three days but it is only on day three that there is a parade, and it is this day which is a public holiday and when the island is visited to see the festival. On the first two days, and in the morning of the third day, only vegetarian food is eaten.

The major part of the festival day is the parade which runs from Pak Tai temple around the village and returns to the temple. Originally replicating the tour of the village by the image of Pak Tai it is now joined not only by many other images of Taoist gods but also traditional and not so traditional performers from all over Hong Kong. With plentiful drums and lion dances leading the way there are also brass marching bands, boat dancers from Yuen Long, and of course the most important part which is the Children's Float. 

A perfect day out for the whole family to learn more about local traditions!

Take a ferry to Cheng Chau Island to take part in a 100-year-old traditional festival!

May 9 to May 13, 2019.

Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong, www.discoverhongkong.com. Take a ferry from the Central Ferry Pier 5 to get there!

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