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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  
Winter Solstice 22 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec

 

Hong Kong Festivals 2016
Hong Kong Festivals 2017

   

 

 

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Winter Solstice in Hong Kong

Winter solstice is widely celebrated in Hong Kong.  Although I don't exactly know when should it fall on 21st or 22nd of December.

Winter solstice is one of the 24 solar divisions.  This is the day when daylight is the shortest and has the longest night.  And farmers should prepare and store food the coming cold weather.

How do people celebrate winter solstice?  We said "winter solstice is more important than the Chinese New Year" though I don't understand exactly why.  Nowadays, the whole family will get together to have dinner on that night.  Sweet glutinous balls with peanut or sesame filling may be eaten afterwards because the name of the dessert "tong yuan" implies gathering.

Hong Kong Tourism Board's Winter Solstice page said people will put on new clothes and visit family with gifts.  I have never heard of such thing.  I wonder if they have been confused by Chinese New Year's practice.

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