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Hong Kong Holidays/ Festivals 2018
2015 Calendar below for reference
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




Pictures of Tin Hau's Birthday

It's not clear why but somehow Cheung Chau fishermen don't celebrate Tin Hau's birthday on 23rd of March lunar calendar.  Big ceremony and Chinese opera were arranged on 6 May (Thur) this year (2004).  Here are some pictures I took.


Tin Hau Temple Altar for worshipping Tin Hau
Cheung Chau Tin Hau Temple temporary altar for worshipping Tin Hau
One of the Tin Hau temples on Cheung Chau Altar set up by individual community for worship Tin Hau.
lion dance in Cheung Chau Tin Hau Temple temporary altar for worshipping Tin Hau
Lion went in to worship Tin Hau. But it's impolite to turn round to show your bottom to the goddess so the lion has to walk backwards. This lion will first bow to the Tin Hau stationed in this altar before it sets off to worship the other Tin Hau temples on the island.
offerings outside Cheung Chau Tin Hau Temple Chinese opera stage opposite to Cheung Chau Tin Hau Temple
Offerings outside the Tin Hau temple A temporary stage opposite the Tin Hau temple to show the goddess Chinese opera.

Besides individual fishermen, there are many 'sports clubs' which arrange their own lion dance and worship group to celebrate the goddess' birthday.  There is typically wooden frame with Tin Hau's statute inside.  Some people hand held it and some put it on a cart with many other offerings. 

Tin Hau statute Procession to the main Tin Hau temple Lion dance for Tin Hau
Tin Hau statute Tin Hau procession Lion dance for Tin Hau
This one is one a sedan. Lit the joss sticks and set off to the main temple. Lion dance
Tin Hau statute Tin Hau procession Lion dance for Tin Hau
This is put on a cart. Lots of suckling pigs for offering. More lion dance
Tin Hau statute Tin Hau procession Lion dance for Tin Hau - when 2 lions meet
A big fancy one. Procession to Tin Hau Temple When two communities meet, their lions bow to each other's Tin Hau statute.  Sometimes the lions will greet each other and have a little dance together before they move on.
Tin Hau statute Tin Hau procession  


On the street On the sea After the ceremony
Announcement for Tin Hau's birthday Tin Hau birthday celebration on sea Sharing the offerings after the Tin Hau birthday ceremony
Announcement of ceremony and Chinese opera date. Lion dance on the sea Roasted suckling pigs are cut up and distributed to their own community members.
street scene of Tin Hau birthday    
The big red signs outside a Chinese restaurant shows that communities like 'sport club' will have a big meal after the ceremony.    

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