Two children decked out as characters from the hit South Korean soap opera “My Love from the Star” will feature in next month’s Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade through the island’s streets.
Clasping the TV series’ signature combination of fried chicken and beer, the children will be dressed like Korean pop stars Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun and wheeled around on a metal-framed float on May 6, a 70-year-old blacksmith surnamed Yip told Ming Pao Daily.
Yip said other floats could have children impersonating Financial Secretary John Tsang, who did not include some sweeteners in the government budget this year, and Transport and Housing Secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, who approved ferry fare rises.
Yip, who followed his father into the blacksmith trade at age 13, said he announced his retirement last year but has not found a successor to pass on his skills. He said he has visited many secondary schools to promote the tradition in the last few years.
The parade is part of the annual Bun Festival, or Dajiao Festival, which started after a plague devastated Cheung Chau in the late Qing dynasty (1644–1911), according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website.
The islanders paraded statues of deities through the village’s lanes and pleaded with the god Pak Tai to drive off the evil spirits besieging the island.
The plague ended after the performance of these Taoist rituals and 100 years later the rituals are still performed in a festival that is officially part of China’s intangible cultural heritage.
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