Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Turns Vegetarian To Honour Ancient Festival
Following a tradition that dates back centuries, residents of Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Island are preparing to make the yearly switch from beef balls and prawn dumplings to vegetarian spring rolls when the historic Cheung Chau Bun Festival returns from 19th to 23rd May 2018.
Thousands of people will descend on Cheung Chau Island for the week-long festivities and, in order to keep the traditions of past alive, festival organisers encourage restaurants and visitors to stop serving and eating meat during the three days.
The festival is celebrated on the tiny island of Cheung Chau where, in the late Qing dynasty, a plague devastated its residents, resulting in the islanders shunning meat as sacrifice to the god, Pak Tai.
Other celebrations include Taoist ceremonies, an unforgettable parade, colourful lion dances, atmospheric drum playing and as night falls, and an exciting Bun Scrambling Competition – where brave competitors scramble up an enormous bamboo tower studded with imitation buns, collecting as many as they can in the hope they’ll be crowned the King or Queen of the competition. For more information on Hong Kong events please visit www.discoverhongkong.com