Feasting on roast pig post blessing ceremony!
A number of delectable piggies got wheeled around
on the streets of Shau Kei Wan during
Around lunch time today, I passed by a group of people chomping on chunks of siu yoke (Chinese roasted pork) while standing on the side of the street, in front of a construction site. Curious, I peeked in and saw that a roast pig cutting ceremony had taken place there -- and that plates of delicious looking siu yoke had been handed out to a bunch of people, including workers (still) wearing hard hats as they ate their food!
Part of me wanted to walk in and ask if I could get a plate of that roast meat too. But I felt like I had already acted unusually in some people's eyes by stopping to take photos of what was a normal part of Hong Kong life, so knew better than to confirm my serious weirdness to them! Instead, I moved along, albeit with a big smile on my face -- since I do get satisfaction from seeing that the Big Lychee is a place where the traditional really still can exist along with modern practices and trend-fixated tendencies.
In addition, I get a kick out of pig symbolizing good luck and plenty in this part of the world and roasted pigs often being part of religious and cultural ceremonies as a result. Think about it: how cool is it that eating a delicious food can have religious and cultural significance? And then there's also the frankly pretty amusing realization (for the likes of me at least) that it's par for the course here in Hong Kong for whole roasted pigs to be wheeled about as part of annual birthday parade for a Taoist god that also features such as lion, dragon and unicorn dances! ;b