AsiaRooms.com - Hong Kong cultural celebrations to run through April and May

March 09, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
AsiaRooms.com reports Hong Kong is set to host four traditional festivals celebrating its culture in the next couple of months.

Between April 25th and May 11th, it will play host to events marking the birthdays of deities Tin Hau and Tam Kung.

There will also be a religious gathering focused on the birth of Lord Buddha.

One of the most eagerly anticipated events will be the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which will reach its conclusion on May 10th this year.

It is held close to Hong Kong on the small island of Cheung Chau.

The unique gathering has been running for more than 100 years, with the Bun Festival giving thanks to the god Pak Tai for ending a plague that hit the region.

Visitors can expect to see lion dances, Taoist rituals and a parade when it takes place between the fifth and eighth days of the fourth lunar month.

The climax of the gathering is a carnival-style street procession which ends at the Pak Tai Temple, where sweet white buns sit on top of giant bamboo towers.

When midnight comes, participants scramble up the structures in an attempt to reach the treats at the top.

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