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Cheng Chau FestivalAlso known as the "Festival of the bun hills", the celebration takes place in the month of May. The event includes parades, opera performances and children dressed in colorful costumes. The Cheung Chau Festival starts on the 8th day of the Fourth Moon and continues for 4 days. The four days of religious rites-- Chinese operas and the burning of paper clothing as gifts, is supposed to make ghosts and peevish spirits contented. During this time the entire Hong Kong is thronged with the visitor’s form all over the world. There are processions and celebrations at every nook and corner.

The Bun Festival Celebration
The most breath-taking trait is the bun towers - large bamboo structures several stories high heaped with sweet buns. These bun towers are festooned in front of the Pak Tai Temple to solemnize the ‘Pak Ta’, the God of the Sea. There are several temples in Hong Kong honoring the Pak Tai who, according to legend, threw the prince of evil out of heaven. In the past, a signal was given and the young clamber ups the towers, picking as many buns as they could hold. It was believed the more buns you grabbed the more good luck it will bring.

The processions
The processions and parades held during this time are more magnificent and colorful. People costume as renowned figures, ride on flowered floats and walk on stilts. The young play a major role in the processions with children perched above the crowd in makeup and costumes. They almost seem hanging in air.
Other performances, such as Chinese operas, lion dances, and religious services are displayed to entertain both locals and visitors alike.

Usually the festival arrives just before the beginning of the fishing season, therefore, the bun festival is also celebrated in honoring of Sea-God, to ensure righteous weather and a brimful catch. In any event, this unusual celebration is well worth a side trip to the island.

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