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Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a traditional Chinese festival on
the island of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong. Being held annually,
and with therefore the most public exposure, it is by far the
most famous of such Da Jiu festivals, with Jiu being a Taoist
sacrificial ceremony. Such events are held by mostly rural
communities in Hong Kong, either annually or at a set interval
of years ranging all the way up to
once every 60 years (i.e. the
same year in the Chinese
astrological calendar). Other
places that may share the folk
custom include Taiwan, Sichuan,
Fujian and Guangdong.
One story of the origin of the festival is that in
the 18th Century the island of Cheung Chau
was devastated by a plague and infiltrated
by pirates until local fishermen brought an image of the god
Pak Tai to the island. Paraded through the village lanes, the
deity drove away evil spirits. Villagers also disguised
themselves as different deities and walked around the island to
drive away the evil spirits.
Bun Scrambling
Dragon Dances
Lion Dances
Burning of paper effigies
Bun Scrambling is the main activity of Cheung
Chau Bun Festival. Another one is the Parade-inthe-air .
When Eighth day in the lunar, three giant 60-feet
bamboo towers covered with buns are built in the
space in front of the Pak Tai Temple. Historically,
young men would race up the tower to get hold of
the buns; the higher the bun, the better fortune it
was supposed to bring to the holder's family. The
race was known as "Bun-snatching”.
However, during a race in 1978 one of the towers collapsed, injuring
more than 100 people. In 2005, a single tower climbing event in the
adjacent sports ground was revived as a race -- with extra safety
precautions including proper mountain-climbing tools as well as tutorials
for participants .
We went to Cheung Chau to have a site visit in the 26th of December. We
carried out a survey and we interviewed eight people.We totally asked ten
We find most of Cheung Chau residents note the Bun Festival. And we
know ,in the past,the date of Bun Festival is uncertain. It is determined by the
cups Bu.But now,the festival is determined in the eighth day in the
lunar.They tell us the significance of the
festival is for celebrating the expulsion of
plague. They think the feature of Bun
Festival is it has national sentiment.
Moreover,they think the festival boost the
economy of Cheung Chau.And it make
there are more visitors come to Cheung
We find that
- All of the respondents are note the
Bun Festival.
- Three quarter of the respondents
think Bun Scrambling is safe .And
only two people think it is dangerous.
- Five respondents are dissatisfied
about the present Bun Scrambling .Only
three people think it is still good.
- All of the respondents want continue to
organize the Bun Festival.
• Cheung Chau Bun festival is a joyful event.
• It is a traditional Chinese festival on the island of Cheung Chau in
Hong Kong.
• It is the most popular festival on the island of Cheung Chau and
almost all the residents on the island are note the Bun Festival.
• Bun festival is the third batch of national intangible cultural heritage.
• The main activity are bun scrambling and it has national sentiment.
• Almost all of the public on the island want to continue organize the bun
• We think the Bun Festival is a customary festival and we should
treasure it and reserve this culture.