Shek O Da Jiu Festival 2016
Tai Ping Ching Chiu or Taiping Qingjiao has been held for two centuries in Shek O. Shek O Da Jiu Festival recurs every ten years and is coming back this weekend. This festival is also observed in the New Territories and outlying islands in Hong Kong. The most famous one is Cheung Chau Bun Festival and you may have been to it. The one in Shek O is very special as it is the only place on Hong Kong Island that practiced Da Jiu Festival. Unlike Cheung Chau, the public can join the Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade from Shek O to Big Wave Bay.
The festival is co-organized by three villages, namely Shek O Village, Tai Long Wan Village and Hok Tsui Village including Shuishui people, Hakka people and foreign nationals. Regardless of their origins, they fund the festival and the atmosphere is like a carnival.
Shek O Da Jiu Festival has included the floating color parade, like the one in Cheung Chau Bun Festival, since the last time. The Festival is held from November 9 to 12, 2016 and the Parade will be held on the last day of it. The Parade will feature 5 characters, which are the Goddess of Mercy, Xi Shi, Yang Gui Fei, Dream of Red Mansions and Mu Guiying. Visitors are welcomed to join the parade team, from the Shek O car park to Big Wave Bay Village car park. The Parade is expected to last about 2 hours.
As the origin of the festival was to appease the wandering souls who were drowned, killed during the plague or in the wartime, there is a fasting period and no meat or dairy products are allowed. Visitors should keep in mind that restaurants there will provide vegetables only, and are advised to respect the traditional customs.
- Date: 9-12 November, 2016
- Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade: 10:30am – 12:30pm, 12 November
- Route of Piu Sik: Shek O car park – Shek O Road – Big Wave Bay Road – Big Wave Bay Village car park
- Remarks: During the fasting period, restaurants only provide vegetables, please do not barbecue meat
- Souvenirs: Tai Ping Ching Chiu Memorial T – shirt
How to get to Shek O Tai Ping Ching Chiu
- Bus from Shau Kei Wan – No. 9 from Shau Kei Wan bus terminus (near MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, Exit B3)
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