• 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

    1.
    GV fishing junks in habour
    5 ft

    2.
    GV woman rowing a small boat
    8 ft

    3.
    GV & MV street procession and flags (2 shots)
    13 ft

    4.
    Cutaway crowd
    14 ft

    5.
    GV lion dance
    20 ft

    6.
    GV procession (3 shots)
    27 ft

    7.
    GV three mountains of buns
    30 ft

    8.
    MV & CU woman buying buns (2 shots)
    35 ft

    9.
    MV & GV night scenes of scramble for buns (4 shots)
    46 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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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