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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year 2017 and 2018

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most spectacular holiday of Hong Kong’s year

YearDateDayHoliday
201728 JanSatThe first day of Lunar New Year
29 JanSunThe second day of Lunar New Year
30 JanMonThe third day of Lunar New Year
31 JanTueThe fourth day of Lunar New Year
201816 FebFriThe first day of Lunar New Year
17 FebSatThe second day of Lunar New Year
18 FebSunThe third day of Lunar New Year
19 FebMonThe fourth day of Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year runs officially for three days, and even four if the holiday coincides with a Sunday. Unofficially, it is celebrated for up to two weeks.

The holiday celebrates the start of the New Year according to the Chinese calendar, and falls in January or February according to the Gregorian calendar.

Chinese communities around the world, and particularly in Hong Kong, come alive with colour, fragrance, music and celebrations over the holiday. It is a time for massive festivities, temple rituals, fortune telling, family gatherings and the exchanging of gifts.

In the evening on Victoria Harbour, the sky, water and city lights up with nearly half-an-hour of over twenty thousand fireworks that colour the land that invented them. The harbour front at Tsim Sha Tsui is vibrant with the International Chinese New Year Night Parade with Chinese and international performers exciting the atmosphere of Hong Kong.

On the second day of the Lunar New Year, a member of the Hong Kong government attends the Che Kung Temple at Sha Tin where Hong Kong’s luck for the year is foretold in the form of ancient Chinese poetry. Every year around 100,000 worshippers come to Che Kung to beat the drum for good luck and to worship.

Souvenir and shopping markets highlight every part of Hong Kong with flower markets everywhere that sell more than orchids and other flowers. Along with orange and hong bao trees, people buy kumquat bonsai trees in the hope these will bring prosperity over the rest of the year.

For more good luck, there is a Wishing Tree at Lam Tsuen. Those wanting to make a wish tie a note to a piece of string that is tied to an orange then throw it high into the tree. The higher it holds in the tree, the better the chance that the wish will come true.

Hong Kong Disneyland and all the other theme parks multiply the festivities and make the holiday a wonderful time for the young and young at heart.