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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




HK Tea Restaurant (茶餐廳 cha chaan teng)

In Hong Kong, there is a type of local cafes called "tea restaurant" ("cha chaan teng").  It combines both local HK cuisine and HK interpretation of western dishes. 

Some people said that this name was used to differentiate the western restaurants which serve a glass of water when you first sit down.  Instead, tea restaurants serve you Chinese tea at no extra cost. 

It's not just the Chinese tea that brings it the name of "tea restaurant".  In the old days when HK was still a British colony, people learn to drink English tea at lunch time or tea time.  It's called "milk tea because English people put milk and sugar in it)  But instead of fresh milk, HK style milk tea uses evaporated milk or even condensed milk to give a richer flavor.  HK style milk tea is also prepared differently from the British ones.  Instead of steeping tea in a pot of hot water, tea was put into a filter then into a pot to bring to boil.  It's then simmer for a few minutes and some may boil it again to bring out more flavor.  Different restaurants also mixes different black tea in one pot to create their restaurant's unique flavor.  This signature drink of HK has now an annual milk tea competition which is reported internatinoally.  The winning chef certainly brings fame and business to the cafe.


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