/ Cheung Chau Jiao Festival
Since late 19th Centry
The Jiao Festival in Cheung Chau is originated from the annual religious rituals of the Hailufeng community on every April of the lunar calendar. It is now the largest local event in Cheung Chau. “Jiao” is a traditional folk religious ceremony to thank the gracious gods for protection. Residents also pray for good weather, thriving business and for peace.
Cheung Chau was devastated by a serious plague in the late 19th century. The islanders invited sacred priests from Hailufeng to set up a sacrificial altar in front of Pak Tai Temple, praying and expiating spirits from the land and from the sea. The plague ceased after some ritual performances. Since then, residents on Cheung Chau have been organizing the Jiao Festival annually to express thanks to the divine merciful gods for blessing and protecting them. The ceremony has been passed down through generations for more than 100 years and has never stopped. Until 1965, the festival was celebrated at Tung Wan (East beach). Since then, it has moved to its current location: the playground in front of Pak Tei Temple.
In a gloriously expressive carnival of folk arts, crafts and shows, the annual Jiao Festival is a cradle of colourful customs including traditional craftsmanship and performances such as paper deity statues, bun towers, Piu Sik (floating colour parade), lion and unicorn dances, and Taoist ritual performances. The wonderful day of celebration attracts both local and overseas visitors, providing a major driving force to pass on the island’s traditional customs and heritage.
Piu Sik (floating colour parade) during the Jiao Festival
Bun Towers of the Jiao Festival
Cheung Chau Jiao Festival Video Recording