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Hong Kong Holidays/ Festivals 2015
The first day of January 1 Jan
Chinese New Year of the Goat 19 Feb
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Che Kung's Birthday

20 Feb
The third day of the Lunar New Year 21 Feb
Spring Lantern Festival / Yuen Siu 5 Mar
Chinese Groundhog Day 6 Mar
Ching Ming Festival 5 Apr
The day following Ching Ming Festival 6 Apr
Good Friday 3 Apr
The day following Good Friday 4 Apr
Easter Monday 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May
Birthday of Tin Hau 11 May
Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival

also Tam Kung's Birthday

25 May
Tuen Ng /  Dragon Boat Festival 20 Jun
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1 July
Kwan Tai / Kwan Gon's Birthday 8 Aug
Seventh Goddess' Day / Tsat-je 20 Aug
Chinese Ghosts Festival / Yue Lan 27 Aug
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival 27 Sep
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival

Monkey King Festival

28 Sep
Confucius' Birthday/Teacher's Day 9 Oct
Chinese National Day 1 Oct
Chung Yeung Festival 21 Oct
Winter Solstice 22 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec


Hong Kong Festivals 2016
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Home > Festivals > Monkey God Festival

Monkey King Festival

Monkey God aka Monkey King is a major character in a Chinese novel called Pilgrimage or Journey to the West.  It is a story about Tang Xuan Zang's pilgrimage to India to get the Buddha's pray.  He was accompanied by 3 apprentices and Monkey King is one of them. The storey has been a favourite since its creation in the 16th century, and today is its appeal has never been greater with movies, TV series, cartoons and video games all based on it. 

In the story the monkey was originally an outcast from the heaven, but by helping the monk to the West, he regains Buddhist immortality. While all the characters are well respected it is the Monkey King who is always the favourite because of his skills, his interesting story, and his mix of serious and comic passages.

As the monkey was renowned for his magically ability, in the old days during the festival, a "possessed person" would run on hot surface barefoot and climb a ladder which the steps are made of knives and the possessed person will not be injured.  But they don't do it this way any more.  It's back to the standard worshipping formality like burning paper offerings and incense sticks.

A Monkey King or Monkey God Temple can be found in Sau Mau Ping in Kowloon and the Festival is celebrated on the 16th day of the 8th lunar month.

Names for this god:

  • Monkey God
  • Monkey King
  • Sūn Włkōng
  • Sun Ng Hung (in Cantonese)
  • 齊天大聖千秋
  • 猴王诞

Other Chinese Gods:

- Kwan Tai
- Kwun Yum
- Che Kung
- Tam Kung
- Tin Hau (Sea God)

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