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Cheung Chau Bun Festival ( Jiao Festival)

 

Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a unique annual event celebrated every year at Cheung Chau.

According to the residents of Cheung Chau, there was an alter set up in front of Pak Tai Temple when a plague happened in Cheung Chau which had devastated the island completely. Residents asked for blessings to cast away the evil spirits and parade with the deity of Pak Tai. After that, plague was gone. From that onwards, every year, the residents will celebrate the bun festival to ask for peace and well being. Residents make paper deity, set up bamboo scaffolding ,bun mountain and organize the exciting parade during the festive season. The festival is celebrated on April 5-8.

The time for the celebration will last for a week. When all worship and ceremony is done, the last performance on the list is the competition to get buns from the bun mountain. Bun competition was once stopped in 1978 and restarted again in 2005. Now every tourist had got the chance to see the bun competition

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival or (Jiao Festival) had been inscribed onto China's third national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011.

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