10 May '11, 9am

In Pictures: HK stages 'bun scrambling' festival, which celebrates victory over evil

In Pictures: HK stages 'bun scrambling' festival, which celebrates victory over evil

Tens of thousands of people flocked to a tiny Hong Kong island on Tuesday for a bizarre ancient ritual known as 'bun scrambling', part of a religious festival to celebrate victory over evil. -- PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG - TENS of thousands of people flocked to a tiny Hong Kong island on Tuesday for a bizarre ancient ritual known as 'bun scrambling', part of a religious festival to celebrate victory over evil. Huge crowds converged on Cheung Chau, a picturesque fishing village, for the annual 'Bun Festival', a celebration unique to the southern Chinese city. Legend has it that the event's all-important sweet buns bring good luck to the island's fishermen, protecting them from the spirits of pirates that once lurked the region by satisfying hungry ghosts. The ceremony is also held in honour of Pak Tai, a Taoist god of the sea, said to drive away evil spirits. The festival's centr...

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