International New Year’s Eve / Day
1 January 2013, Tuesday
This adopted Western celebration is not as big as the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year celebration which will occur later in the month. The Times Square shopping mall in Hong Kong will have the ball drop similar to New York Times Square called the Times Square Apple Countdown. Before the countdown there will be countless entertainment. Like Times Square in New York City this event will be popular so be sure to come hours in advance to get a spot. Victoria Harbour will be filled with firework displays on the waterfront. There will be a lot of all-inclusive cruises at Victoria Harbour for people to view the fireworks. On land, the best view is from the Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. New Year’s Eve is a time to party and Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong will also be packed with partygoers. A lot of restaurants and hotels will offer New Year’s Eve dinner. With so many high scale restaurants in Hong Kong your dinner to ring in the New Year will be very memorable.
► Chinese Lunar New Year
11 -13 January 2013, Monday – Wednesday
For 2013 Chinese Lunar New Year the zodiac sign will be the snake. In Hong Kong this holiday is celebrated for 3 days and employees get 3 days off from work. This celebration is a time for family to get together. During this holiday, children from far away will come back to visit their parents. Young kids will get red envelopes of lucky money called “li shi” from their parents and elders. There will be a lot of festivities during this celebration with fireworks, parade, lion dances, and a lot of stores marking down their items. Shopping is a popular activity since traditionally people need to go to buy new stuff to welcome the New Year. The whole Hong Kong will have the festivities feel of Chinese Lunar New Year with flower markets, temples filled with worshippers, stores displaying decorations, and etc. The largest flower market will be located at Victoria Peak.Some traditional food that will be eaten during this holiday are: dumplings, fish, duck, and other delicacies. Red is considered a lucky color and will be seen everywhere from decorations to money envelopes for kids. Some restaurants will increase their prices during this holiday. Some small business will close 3 days for the celebration but most will reopen on Thursday, January 14.
Victoria Harbour will have a spectacular fireworks show that combines with the famous Hong Kong’s daily show called Symphony of Lights. Occasionally you’ll hear families popping their own small fireworks or firecrackers. One of the ways to see the firework is getting on a cruise at Victoria Harbour so you can have the best view of the fireworks. Temples will be very crowded but it will be interesting to go and participate in some traditions they offer during the Chinese New Year.
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Singapore, you’ve probably heard of it as a country known for its cleanliness, strict rules, and super low crime rate. Singapore is an island smaller than Hong Kong located in between Malaysia and Indonesia. Chinese make up the majority of the population while Malay and Indian make up about 10% each of the population. Almost everyone can speak English so it’s easy for travelers to get assistance. Singapore is a small island so one can finish visiting the whole country in probably 2-3 days. Singapore is an ideal destination for a stopover before you visit more countries in Asia. Read more »
Here is a list of Hong Kong holidays and events in 2013!
► International New Year Day
1 January 2013, Tuesday
The Times Square shopping mall in Hong will have the ball drop similar to New York Times Square. Victoria Harbour will be filled with firework displays on the waterfront. Lan Kwai Fong will also be packed with partygoers. Read more »
Here is a list of holidays in South Korea for 2012!
There are three types of South Korean holidays observed:
National Celebration Day (Hangul: 국경일)
National Flag Raising Day (Hangul: 국기게양일)
Public Day Off (Hangul: 공휴일)
Also noted are Working Days. Read more »
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