The Cheung Chau Bun Festival falls on the fifth to the ninth days of the fourth lunar month.
Every year, the people of Cheung Chau get busy making papier-mâché effigies of deities, preparing costumes, baking buns and building a bamboo tower. They’re preparing for the thousands of people that will soon descend upon their tiny island for what Time.com deemed one of the world’s ‘Top 10 Quirky Local Festivals’.
The highlight of the festival is the Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade. This dramatic reenactment of the ceremonial parade held to drive away a plague a century ago sees young children, dressed in the guises of traditional deities and modern celebrities, balance on poles and accompanied by gongs and lion dancers, appearing to float above the crowds in a carnival-like procession.
Finally, as night falls, the moment everyone has been waiting for arrives. Opposite the Pak Tai Temple, competitors stand poised at the bottom of an enormous bamboo tower studded with imitation buns. On the signal, they scramble up it and try to collect as many ‘lucky’ buns as possible. The higher the buns, the more points they are worth. The King and Queen of the Buns titles are up for grabs again!