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Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Listed under Festivals in Hong Kong, China.

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Marked in many countries with fireworks, parades and family gatherings, the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations happen in Hong Kong. The festivities include a huge night parade with traditional floats and lion dances set to loud, excited percussion music and an enormous fireworks display held in Victoria Harbour on the second day of the three day New Year holiday (the festival lasts for 15 days.). The sound of fireworks exploding is thought to scare away bad spirits and promote luck.

People visit temples and tend to wear new clothes and favour the colour red during the Chinese New Year festivities so there is frenzied shopping and a lot of bustling around town. Hong Kong holds a vast flower market (to celebrate spring). Families share feasts of chicken and fish for good luck and prosperity and there are a range of round sweet traditional treats exchanged.

Already a vibrant city, Hong Kong explodes with red decorations, lights and activity during Chinese New Year.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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Solar not Lunar new year

In Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is considered to be the most important event. In Hong Kong the festival is special and unusual because it is celebrated according to the solar calendar. Chinese celebrates the New Year accordingly to the lunar calendar and Hong Kong celebrates it according to the solar calendar.

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