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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




Chinese Culture in Hong Kong

Chinese Culture that you can see in Daily Life

  1. Worshipping ancestors

    Chinese people believe that after someone is dead, they will go to a different life and they still need clothes to wear, money to spend.  That's why you can see shops selling big pile of paper money, paper clothes and many other accessories plus lots of joss sticks.  Some people offer joss sticks to their ancestors every day at home.

    On Ching Ming Festival and Chung Yeung Festival, people go grave sweeping and offer more paper necessities to their ancestors.
  2. God of earth in Hong KongGod of Earth

    Symbol for God of earth is always placed on the ground.  If you see a red box or red board with writing on the ground outside a shop, that's the god of earth.  He will make sure that no evil spirit will go into the place he guards.

  3. Kwan Gon - God of justice

    Kwan Gon or Kwan Tai is widely worshipped.  No matter you own a shop, a restaurant, whether you are a policeman or mafia, you will seek help from Kwan Gon.  (I always wonder which side can Kwan Gon help when both the police and mafia ask for help!  :-) 

    Kwan Gon - god of justiceKwan Gon is a real person in ancient Chinese history and he's very brave and fair admiral.  People admire his ability and fairness and turn him into god.  Because he's a real person, his altar normally has his statue rather than just a board like god of earth.  The easiest way to identify Kwan Gon is his red face.

    You will find Kwan Gon's altar on the wall and above eye level so that you look up on him.

  4. Not quite a temple

    Sometimes in rural areas like outlying islands or northern part of New Territories, you may come across some constructions that's not a full size temple. 

    Like this one in near Murray House in Stanley Market is worshipping the god of earth and possibly more Taoist gods (because there are several statues inside) and it's about 3 foot high.

  5. Temples

    temples in Hong KongThere are temples everywhere, in urban area, in rural area, you don't have to travel very long for one. 

    You can find Tin Hau's temple by the sea because she looks after the fishermen and people in the sea.  Tin Hau's birthday is a big event for fishermen in Hong Kong.

    The famous big Buddha in Lantau island is Buddhism while most other temples are probably Taoist.

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