10 May '11, 12pm

Hong Kong stages 'bun scrambling' festival

Hong Kong stages 'bun scrambling' festival

HONG KONG : Tens of thousands of people flocked to a Hong Kong island on Tuesday for an 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 centrepiece comes when the clock strikes midnight and a dozen contestants scramble up three towers studded with some 9,000 buns in a race to grab as many of the holy items as they can. The contestants, nine men and three w...

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