If you’re planning to take a trip to Hong Kong, keep an eye out for the many colourful festivals that take place. You can witness the celebration of many Chinese festivals, art, music, and wellness. Here are some of the most popular festivals in the country for you to check out.
Chinese New Year
This is a massive two weeklong celebration based on the lunar new year. For many people here, the dawn of the new year starts in the month of February. In order to prepare for the upcoming new year, families go shopping for new clothes, good food and lucky flowers. There are plenty of lion dances and fireworks show too.
Hong Kong Art Festival
If you’re an art lover, make sure you plan your trip here in March; the Hong Kong Art Festival and Art Basel will surely be something you want to witness. To keep with the artistic mood, there are plenty of Hong Kong Boutique hotels such as the kitschy Cosmo Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong that will make you want to stay here forever.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
The Bun Festival is exactly what it sounds like – it is a celebration of food! Starting in May, this festival goes on until September. The Bun Festival began as a ritual to end a plague in the Qing Dynasty when residents prayed to the god Pak Tai to save them from disease. There are lion parades, and colourful religious ceremonies taking place.
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese folk ceremony in which people eat dumplings and race in dragon-shaped boats to honour Qu Yuan, the country’s most beloved poet. These days dragon boat racing has shifted its nature from purely celebratory to competitive and commercial. The racers also dress up in the traditional costume for the event, making it a spectacular event for onlookers.