Festivals, Hong Kong
Tuen Ng Festival on Chinese Calendar 5th of May ( i.e. 15.6 for 2002) is a festival to commenorate Qu Yuan, the Chinese poet and statesman who died two thousand years ago when jumped to the Mi Lo River as a protest against a corrupt government. The villagers then raced out in their boats and beating their onboard drums in the hope of getting out there as fast as possible. That's the origin for the dragon boat racing each year. When they got to the point where he was washed away, they threw the rice dumplings into the river to distract the hungry fish, believing that this would save his drowned body from being nibbled away.
Being in Hong Kong during a major Chinese festival can be an unforgettable experience. The residents celebrate all its festivals with a grand passion and there seems to be at least a festival celebrated every month -
Chinese New Year (usually in end-Jan or early-Feb) **
Yuen Siu (Spring Lantern festival in Feb) popularly referred to as the Chinese Valentine's Day.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival (April or May)
Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival (June) **
Mid-Autumn Festival (Sept) ** etc.
Personal favorites are highlighted with a double asterisk..
The spectacle conjures up a festive spirit indeed when a multi-coloured display of fireworks comes up, forming an amazing pattern as the frontispiece of the buidling behind.
Meanwhile, there is a special display of low-altitude fireworks in front of the Hong Kong Convention Centre. Whenever a splash of lights soar up, children utter a gleeful cheer.