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Hong Kong enjoys the best of East and West in regard to festivals and holidays. Chinese New Year is the most important annual festival. Customs and celebrations from around the world have been enthusiastically adopted in Hong Kong.

Other traditional festivals include Spring Lantern (Chinese Valentine’s Day), the birthday of Tin Hau (the Queen of Heaven and the Goddess of the Sea), the birthday of the Buddha, Cheung Chau Jiao Festival (Bun Festival), Hungry Ghost Festival, and the birthdays of Confucius, deities Tam Kung (a patron of boat people) and Kwan Tai (the God of Righteousness).

The Lunar New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year) is celebrated with a holiday in late January or early February.  During this period, some local businesses close for one or more days (depending on the nature of business).

The Jiao festival in the 4th month of the lunar calendar (usually in May) is held on Cheung Chau Island (an hour’s boat ride from Central).  It features a “floating colours” parade in which child performers dressed in costumes of mythical or modern characters suspended by rods and wires, seemingly floating in the air.  The bun scrambling competition is the festival’s highlight.

During the Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival) on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar (usually in June), the waters around Hong Kong come alive with the sounds of beating drums of dragon boat racing competitions.  

Lanterns of different size and shape are lit during the Mid-Autumn Festival on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (usually in September).  Families will gather together to enjoy the full moon and lanterns and eat moon cake.

Around late-November, many buildings put up magnificent festive lights in preparation for Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year, providing excellent photo opportunities.

General Holidays in 2017 and 2018:




Every Sunday

Every Sunday

New Year holiday

2* January

1 January

Lunar New Year holidays

28 - 31* January

16 - 19* February

Ching Ming Festival

4 April

5 April

Good Friday

14 April

30 March

The day following Good Friday

15 April

31 March

Easter Monday

17 April

2 April

Labour Day

1 May

1 May

The Birthday of the Buddha

3 May

22 May

Tuen Ng Festival

30 May

18 June

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

1 July

2* July

National Day

2* October

1 October

The day following the Mid-Autumn Festival

5 October

25 September

Chung Yeung Festival

28 October

17 October

Christmas holidays

25 - 26 December

25 - 26 December

# tentative
* a general holiday in substitution