Published: 18:01, May 15, 2024
Floating parade
By Wang Zhan
A child performs at the Piu Sik parade during the Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival, on May 15, 2024, in Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong. (ADAM LAM / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - Thousands of people flocked to outlying Cheung Chau island on Wednesday to experience the festive joy of one of Hong Kong's most cherished celebrations: the annual Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival.

The event, also known as Cheung Chau Bun Festival, is a Taoist celebration held annually on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese calendar.

One of the signature events of the festival is the Piu Sik parade, where children dressed as legendary heroes or famous figures parade on stilts together with lion dances. Many visitors also buy freshly steamed Ping On buns, stamped with Chinese characters reading "peace" or "safety", to bring blessings to their homes.

Another exciting activity is the Bun Scrambling Competition, which takes place at midnight next day after the festival.

Adam Lam of China Daily took the photos.

People shop for freshly steamed Ping On buns during the Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival, on May 15, 2024, in Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong. (ADAM LAM / CHINA DAILY)