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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




Dragon Boat Regatta

Dragon boat races are no longer an activity dedicated purely for the Dragon boat festival.  It has become a popular water sport worldwide.  In fact my friend has just come back from the Philippines an international dragon boat race.  Unfortunately, she has lost.

In Hong Kong, you may find many different categories of races being held in one day.  There are:

  • Open Championship

  • Women's Championship

  • Mixed Championship

  • Junior Championship (12 to 17 years old)

  • Senior Championship (age 40 and above)

  • Inter-company Championship

  • Fishermen's Championship

  • Disciplinary forces Championship

  • Media Championship

  • Open International Championship

  • Championship

  • Women's International Championship

  • Mixed International Championship

There are different sizes of the dragon boats too.

A big dragon boat will need 28 people - 1 team leader, 1 coach, 20 paddlers, 4 reserve paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersman.

A small dragon boat will need 16 people - 1 team leader, 1 coach, 1 drummer, 10 paddlers, 2 reserve paddlers and 1 steersman.

General Rules:

  1. All paddlers should SIT on the paddlers seat while they are racing
  2. Women's championship  are restricted to female paddlers except the drummer and steersman.
  3. Team who take part in big boat race should have at least 18 and maximum 22 members including 1 drummer and 1 steersman

Where to find Dragon Boat Race

  • Stanley main beach

  • Cheung Chau waterfront

  • Shatin Shing Mun River

  • Sai Kung

  • Aberdeen

  • Tai Po

  • Tuen Mun


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