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5 Best Hong Kong festivals – Experiencing the colourful side of Hong Kong

Modern yet traditional, Hong Kong boasts a rich diversity. From the many attractions to the diverse culture, there is plenty for visitors to enjoy here. Below are 5 famous festivals in Hong Kong


The Chinese New Year

Hong Kong is another China and every important festival celebrated in China is more or less celebrated in Hong Kong as well. Arguably the biggest celebration in the entire calendar is the famous Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is celebrated across the globe. It is both grand and colourful and is a great time to enjoy an authentic version of Chinese culture that ranges from traditional attire to scrumptious food. So make sure you pray for good fortune, photograph those shock red lanterns and get your hands on everything that is supposed to bring you good luck; who knows it may actually work! The Festival is celebrated in accordance with the Chinese calendar and this corresponds to the month of February for the year 2019. If you plan to visit the city at this time and are looking to stay at one of the 5 star hotels in Hong Kong, you can pick a place like The Murray Hong Kong and make your booking early.


The Spring Lantern Festival

On the 15th day on the first Lunar month, the spectacular spring lantern festival is celebrated in Hong Kong. As the name has it this festival feels like a lantern exhibition and you can find a rich variety of beautiful lanterns adorning the streets of Hong Kong. However, the significance of the spring lantern festival is love. It is sort of a Chinese Valentine's day this festival and its matchmaking galore at this time of the year. But whether you are seeking love or have already found one, it is indeed a beautiful time of the year and it is an ideal time for some stunning photography.


The Dragon Boat Festival

This festival is a combination of culture and fun and is just as interesting as it sounds. The Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month which usually corresponds to May or June in the Gregorian calendar. This is a historic event, that goes back to the 3rd century. Dragons play a huge role in the Chinese culture and couple this with the thrill of races and you get an event that is exciting and festive.


The Mid Autumn Festival

This is yet another lantern based festival that is celebrated in the 8th Full Moon of the lunar calendar. During this time roads are flooded with bright lanterns and a variety of fire dragons adorns the streets. To top this there are plenty of carnivals and fairs and the ambience is absolutely lively.


The Hungry Ghost Festival

It is not half as creepy as it sounds this festival but it is most certainly plenty of fun. The hungry ghost festival falls on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. According to Chinese beliefs this is a time when spirits who are restless roam the earth and the aim of this festival is to feed these spirits. The Chinese take particular regard to their own ancestors at this time.