Today, people flock to Cheung Chau to see the Da Jiu Festival.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival or Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival (Traditional Chinese: 長洲太平清醮) is a traditional Chinese festival on the island of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong. It is by far the most famous of several such Da Jiu Festivals (Traditional Chinese: 包山節 or 長洲太平清醮, Jiu (醮) being a Taoist sacrificial ceremony) held by several (mostly rural) communities in Hong Kong, either annually or once every few years.
Cheung Chau’s Bun Festival, which draws tens of thousands of local
and overseas tourists every year, is staged to mark the Eighth day of
the Fourth Moon, in the Chinese calendar (usually in early May). It thus coincides with the local celebration of Buddha’s Birthday.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival began as a fun and exciting ritual for fishing communities to pray for safety from pirates. Today this religious origin has largely been forgotten, and the festival has become a showcase of traditional Chinese culture above all else.