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09 May - 13 May

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

By Jenny Leung 6 May 2019

Event Information

START DATE 09 May 2019
END DATE 13 May 2019
Taking place between May 9 to 13, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival first came about in the Qing dynasty, when the small island went under an unfortunate plague attack. To ward off evil spirits that the islanders believed to be the cause, parading statues of traditional deities were placed throughout the island, while Taoist rituals were performed in front of the Pak Tai Temple, in hopes that the God of North, Pak Tai, would come and save them. Lo and behold – the plague ended shortly after. From then on, the people of Cheung Chau continued performing such rituals every year to give thanks. The festival has since turned into a full-blown funfest where visitors can come to watch the colourful parade, lion dancing, and of course, the one and only Bun Scrambling competition.  

Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.