• Short Summary

    For four days this week, the normally sleepy and peaceful island of Cheung Chau was the centre of one of Asia's most noisy and colourful ceremony -- the Bun Festival.

  • Description

    For four days this week, the normally sleepy and peaceful island of Cheung Chau was the centre of one of Asia's most noisy and colourful ceremony -- the Bun Festival.

    Thousands of Chinese took part in the annual ceremony. Lion dancers, unicorn and dragon dancers -- all mythological creatures that bring good fortune -- pranced through the streets to the beat of drums and gongs.

    Towering 50 feet above the island's waterfront were "mountains" of buns -- for all to see and for the gods and spirits to feast upon. At the stroke of midnight on the third day (Tuesday, 30 April), the crowd made a mad dash for the stack of buns. Within a few minutes, the last bun was plucked. All that remained of the "mountains of buns" were three bare bamboo skeletons.

    The annual Bun Festival was started about a hundred years ago by Taoist priests as a festival to malevolent ghosts and spirits. Throughout the four-day festival, Cheung Chau islanders maintained a vegetarian diet while the local fishing fleet stayed at its moorings.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADDS3OCL3HEX55BCBGPV3C40IH
    Media URN:
    VLVADDS3OCL3HEX55BCBGPV3C40IH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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