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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




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Cold Food Day (寒食節)

Cold Food Day is celebrated 105 days after the winter solstice of previous year. 

When Cold Food Day starts, no one is allowed to start the fire. People eat cold congee and steamed date cakes baked a day before the Cold Food Day.

It's widely believed that Cold Food Day is for memorizing a man called 介子推 of Tsin.  He followed the king for 19 years and experienced lots of difficult moments with the king but when the king got back his kingdom, he rewarded everyone but had forgotten about 介子推介子推 was not happy and so he left the king quietly and be a hermit.  When the king noticed what he had done, he tried to invite 介子推 to go back but 介子推 won't.  The king even tried to start a hill fire and hoped that he would come out but 介子推 didn't.  介子推 and his mother died in the fire.  The king was sad and he ordered that there would be no fire in this whole month.

However, some believed that 介子推's story is not the origin of Cold Food Day. It can date back to Chow Dynasty that people worship fire.  In order to give fire a rest, there were rules about no fire.  No fire causes eating cold food.

Cold Food Day first last for one month, then it was shortened to 3 days, then one day.  It is because festivals are often enjoyable and be happy and eating cold food for a month is not nice.  So first there were government officials tried to convince people to eat warm food and then it was slowly abandoned.

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