According to legend, nine dragons sprayed water to bathe baby Buddha at birth. To commemorate this, Buddha devotees gather in temples to pay their respect and bathe Buddha statues with bowls of water. One of the major celebrations in Hong Kong takes place at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home to the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha.
Here worshippers and the public can participate in the "Bathing of the Buddha Ceremony" which has a deep spiritual meaning—to purify your own soul. Moreover, you will be offered delicious vegetarian dishes and bitter green cookies cooked by the monks. Eating them symbolises passing through hardship to enjoy the better things of life.