Tuen Ng Festival / Dragon Boat Festival / Dumpling Festival
12 June 2013, Wednesday
Dragon Boat Festival, also called Tuen Ng Festival or Dumpling Festival, commemorates the death of the poet Qu Yuan who drowned himself about 2,000 years ago as an act of protest against the corrupt government. According to legend, after Qu Yuan committed suicide, villagers got on their boats, beat drums, and threw rice dumplings into the river to scare fish away so they won’t eat Qu Yuan’s body. Nowadays, people will eat dumplings and go swim or dip their hands in the river during this festival to pay respect to Qu Yuan. The main attraction of this festival are dragon boat races all over Hong Kong. Dragon boats are around 11.6 m long with carved dragon heads and tails and its crew has 22 paddlers. Read more »
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.
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 »
Hong Kong, a bustling city with about 7 million residents, is located on the southeast coast of China surrounded by the South China Sea. Hong Kong today is separated into 3 parts: Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island, and New Territories. Once a British colony, Hong Kong now is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (SAR). Although covering only an area of 1,104 sq km; don’t be fooled by its small size since there are so many things to do and see in Hong Kong. Read more »