Cheung Chau Bun Festival 長洲太平清醮
The well-known, annual Bun Festival of Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong.
|Though most attention on the Bun Festival focuses on the parade day - this year to be held on 24 May - it's actually held over several days: this year's Bun Festival starts on 21 May (there's also a Climbing Carnival the day before) and ends on the 25th.|
Here's a page with image of a Bun Festival leaflet, produced by the Cheung Chau Rural Committee in 1967. The bun towers are just beside the waterfront (if they're in same location as nowadays, shows there has since been considerable reclamation).
Today is the climax of the Bun Festival, the annual blend of carnival and exorcism rituals, which marks the birthday of the island's leading god, Pak Tei ("Northern King"). At the festival site, in front of the Pak Tei temple, stalls are set out with the paraphernalia of Chinese religious ceremonies.