Festivals, Hong Kong
The Christmas season is a great one here in Hong Kong. You really should come by and check it out at Christmas time. Starting right about the time of American Thanksgiving they start setting up the square with the Christmas village and large tree.
I really cant explain why but it was a surprise to see this and I was very thrilled to have seen a seasonal festival
If possible, try and visit Hong Kong just after the Chinese New Year, flights into Hong Kong are slightly less busy but the atmosphere is still there. The decorations are really pretty too! It was amaaazing
Fondest memory: There are a lot of things I miss!! I miss:
and after i went to the Po Lon Monestary
the great veggie food!
Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated according to the lunar calendar and it corresponds to the15th of the 8th month. It is said that this is the time when the moon is the fullest and brightest during the year.
Families will get together for the dinner and kids will play with the multicolor lanterns. Throughout all the city, you would see tons of lanterns decorating residence buildings.
Fondest memory: Every year, lots of families gather at Victoria Park (Causeway Bay) to admire the bright moon, eat mooncakes and light the lanterns and candles. I would strongly recommand a stroll in Victoria Park in the evening because the lit lanterns & candles are such a beautiful sight.
This year, we can see a HUGE lantern (the biggest in the world) and different giant lanterns lit up in Victoria Park. Also, there is the traditionnal 'Fire Dragon', made up of burning incense and carried by 20/30 men accross a neighborhood in Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.
The Wishing Tree, located near the Tin Hou Temple in Lam Tsuen (TAI PO), is usually crowded during the Chinese New Year. The tree is laden with wishes written on bright red paper.
Take the Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR) to Tai Po Market Station and transit for a bus or taxi to Lam Tsuen.
Go to my TAI PO page for see more about the Wishing Tree.
Fondest memory: On lunar month July is Chinese Yulan Festival (Ghost Festival). People believe that the hell's gate is opened and all ghosts will release to the human world. Pilgrims burn paper money and scatter food on the streets to treat the ghosts.
The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which takes place from April 27 to May 4 this year, is one of Hong Kong's most fascinating and colorful celebrations. It stems from a bid by Cheung Chau islanders to placate the hungry ghosts that roam their peaceful island at this particular time of year. Some say the ghosts are the spirits of all the animals and fish eaten during the previous 12 months; others insist they are the spirits of islanders who were killed by pirates centuries ago. To be on the safe side, however, most residents refrain from eating meat and fish during the festival.
The centrepiece of the entire festival is the procession, which this year will take place on April 30. The parade is a swirl of color as lion dancers, kung fu club members and Taoist priests in traditional dress wind their way along Cheung Chau's narrow streets. The stars of the show are the island's youngsters who, heavily made up and dressed as mythological figures and modern Chinese heroes, appear to float above the heads of the crowd on an intricate system of rods and wires.
If you happen to be in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year or the anniversary of the handover (1st July), you should definitely not miss the fireworks on Victoria Harbour.
They are really beautiful and impressive. The picture was taken from my parents' appartment on the 5th anniversary marking the return of HK back to China.