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April / May

Tin Hau’s Birthday

In the hope of good weather and a plentiful catch at Joss House Bay, fishermen decorate their boats with ribbons and paper offerings.

Ching Ming Festival

It is the day of giving respect to their dead ancestors by burning paper offerings of everyday items such as cars, houses, and money.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

It is the festival in which tasty buns are the focus of attention at Pak Tai Temple. Parades in colorful costumes and opera performances add more beauty to the festival.

Buddha’s Birthday

This festival is celebrated all over Hong Kong. Major temples religiously bathe their statues of Buddha and decorate the place in a gesture of devotion and respect. Many auspicious candles are burnt in the respect of Buddha.

June

Tuen Ng Festival

In the honor of the ancient state minister Tuen Ng. It is celebrated with dragon boat races along with the rivers. A large number of participants go for it, and races are watched also enjoyed by thousands of people. It is a very enthusiastic and exciting scene of the day.

August

Kwan Tai’s Birthday

It is assumed as the god of war. It is also believed that by worshiping him peace and prosperity of the nation are maintained. During the celebration of the temple, tribute is given to those who happen to be the patron deity of the police or the triad gangsters.

Hungry Ghost Festival

It is one of the intriguing traditional events of Hong Kong. While celebrating this festival people satisfy hungry ghosts by burning paper offerings in the temples and streets throughout the month.

Seven Sisters Festival

This ancient festival has its roots in Chinese mythology involving a weaver, a cowherd, and the emperor. Needlework competitions are taken to mark the festival.

September

Monkey God Festival

It is celebrated on the 16th day of the eighth moon of the lunar calendar each year. Movies and television series have immortalized this divine chimp. It is mischievously assumed that he was born on a mountain top, came from heaven, and recovered through perseverance and good deeds. So it is celebrated in the honor of the infamous Monkey God who is the hero of the Chinese "Pilgrims to the West" legend.

Confucius’ Birthday

It is celebrated at Confucian temples all over Hong Kong. Devotion is expressed by presenting the bunch of flowers to the philosopher’s ideology.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Moon cakes are the symbol of this important event. It is celebrated for marking the rebel against the Mongols in the 14th century. For getting more feel of celebration vantage points of the cities is lit by Lanterns.

December

Winter Festival

This festival is celebrated to mark the shortest day of the year. Residents put on new clothes to enjoy and celebrate the turning point of winter with their family and friends.

Chinese (Lunar) New Year

It is the main holiday in China. Millions of people migrate and return to Hong Kong so as to celebrate with their family and friends.