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Hong Kong Holidays/ Festivals 2013
The first day of January 1 Jan
Weekday before Chinese New Year 9 Feb
Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013 10 Feb
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Che Kung's Birthday

11 Feb
The third day of the Lunar New Year 12 Feb
The fourth day of the Chinese New Year 13 Feb
Spring Lantern Festival / Yuen Siu 24 Feb
Chinese Groundhog Day 3 Mar
Good Friday 29 Mar
The day following Good Friday 30 Mar
Easter Monday 1 Apr
Ching Ming Festival 4 Apr
Labour day 1 May
Birthday of Tin Hau 2 May
Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Tam Kung's Birthday

17 May
Tuen Ng /  Dragon Boat Festival 12 Jun
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1 July
Kwan Tai / Kwan Gon's Birthday 31 Jul
Seventh Goddess' Day / Tsat-je 13 Aug
Chinese Ghosts Festival / Yue Lan 20 Aug
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 / Moon Festival 19 Sep
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival 20 Sep
Monkey King Festival 20 Sep
Chinese National Day

Confucius' Birthday/Teacher's Day

1 Oct

 

Chung Yeung Festival 13 Oct
The weekday after Chung Yeung 14 Oct
Winter Solstice 22 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec

 

Hong Kong Holidays/ Festivals 2014
The first day of January 1 Jan
Chinese New Year of the Horse 31 Jan
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year,

Che Kung's Birthday

1 Feb
The third day of the Lunar New Year 2 Feb
The day following third day of Chinese New Year 3 Feb
Spring Lantern Festival / Yuen Siu 14 Feb
Chinese Groundhog Day 6 Mar
Ching Ming Festival 5 Apr
Good Friday 18 Apr
The day following Good Friday 19 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr
Birthday of Tin Hau 22 Apr
Labour day 1 May
Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival (also Tam Kung's Birthday) 6 May
Tuen Ng /  Dragon Boat Festival 2 Jun
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1 July
Kwan Tai / Kwan Gon's Birthday 20 Jul
Seventh Goddess' Day / Tsat-je 2 Aug
Chinese Ghosts Festival / Yue Lan 9 Aug
Confucius' Birthday/Teacher's Day 20 Sep
Chinese National Day 1 Oct
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival 8 Sep
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival

Monkey King Festival

9 Sep
Chung Yeung Festival 2 Oct
Winter Solstice 22 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec

 

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Chinese Culture in Hong Kong

Despite Hong Kong was ruled by the British government and is an international city, traditional Chinese cultural influence is everywhere.  People from the older generation may sigh and say the modern generations are not following the tradition. But it's more like we change the way we implement our tradition.  For example, on the winter solstice day, all family members should go back to parents' home to have a big meal in the old days.  Now, people are tired of washing up dozens of people's bowls and chopsticks and choose to go to a Chinese restaurant or even having an international buffet in a hotel instead.  But the principle of get together is the same.

Where to find Chinese Culture

Chinese Festivals

The most obvious one is the Chinese festivals we celebrate in Hong Kong.  The most celebrated ones are Chinese New Year, Ching Ming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival.  Most of them are made public holidays but there are some religious ones or traditions are celebrated as well even though it's not a public holiday.  Examples are traditional legends like the sad story of the Seventh Princess and the birthdays of various gods people worship. See the legends and traditions about Chinese festivals in Hong Kong.

Lion Dance

Lion dance is arranged in many celebrations.  In Chinese New Year, it's considered good luck if the lion dance in your house or your shop, though you have to give them a big red-packet (with money) in return. Opening ceremonies of big companies, shops and restaurant may have one coz it's not just bringing good luck, it also bring more people to watch.  On various gods' birthday, like Tin Hau, Kwun Yum or Kwan Kung, the lion visits the temples of the god to show respect and worship.

On the Streets, in the Shops

Alternatively, if you look around on the streets, in the shops, you will see little altar for various gods they worship or things to hang to help the shops to do well. Ever see some joss sticks on the ground or in a pot on the ground?  On Chinese Ghost festival day, you will see lots of food offerings and even ashes resulted from burned paper offerings left on the street.  See my Chinese culture in daily life page to find out more.

Special Occasions

There are special events like shop or restaurant opening, moving office, special ceremonies are held to ensure that everything goes well in future.

I happened to come across a Chinese restaurant's opening ceremony on Cheung Chau.  Click here to see how it's done.

If you come across someone squatting on the street, using a shoe to beat up a yellow paper tiger, that day must be the Chinese Groundhog Day or what we called "Excited Insects" day, one of the 24 solar segments.

Modernized traditions

As I said, modern generation has a new way to meet the traditional requirements.  Older generations are adapting to it too.  Here is the changes I have observed for the past 30 years.

  1. Modern Chinese New Year
    You can see changes in the way families get together one-day before Chinese New Year,  Flower Market, new trend of 'lai see' (red packets) giving and etc.
     
  2. Modern Dragon Boat Festival
    The dragon boat races has turned international.  Many countries have dragon boat races now.  Varieties of rice dumpling is greatly increased, mostly because people are getting wealthier.
     
  3. Modern Mid-autumn Festival
    People still do moon gazing but just like rice dumplings, there are many different kinds of moon cakes and some of them are totally different from the traditional one.  As the English will say, "it's not cricket!".
     
  4. Modern Winter Solstice
    Similar to the Chinese New Year get-together-meal, people may choose to go to restaurants or have a buffet in a hotel.  What most people really care is the un-official leave-the-office-2-hours-early privilege on this day.

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