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Ahhh!.....Bun Snatching, not banned in the good old days

Hong Kong revives bun-snatching tradition after a 26-year break

HONG KONG (AP) - A fishing village on an outlying Hong Kong island is reviving a bizarre way of celebrating Buddha's birthday Sunday - a tradition that has been banned for 26 years because it was deemed to be too dangerous.

For more than a century, residents on Cheung Chau island erected tall bamboo towers covered with white steamed buns. People would scramble up the structures that looked like inverted ice cream cones and snatch the buns - offerings for wandering ghosts that the locals believe will bring peace.

But the quirky ritual was banned after a bun tower toppled over in 1978, injuring 100 people.

Despite the accident, islanders have fond memories of the spectacular scramble and the government agreed to relaunch it at midnight Sunday.
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... I wasn't sure what to expect when I read your clever subject title Happy

We often referred to ones derriere as "buns." That was my first thought when I read "Bun Snatching." LOL


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