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Bhind this modern and cosmopolitan city, rousing gongs and drums, colourful parades, ancient rituals and bizarre customs signal a celebration of its ancient Chinese past, with the birthdays of Tin Hau, Buddha and Tam Kung, plus the Cheung Chau Bun Festival.

The best way to delve into Hong Kong's fascinating culture is to take part in one of these traditional festivals and carry on hundreds of years of rich tradition.

Hong Kong's maritime heritage ensures that the birthday of Tin Hau (22 April), Goddess of the Sea and patron saint of fishermen, is celebrated in style in Hong Kong. Locals flock to the temples dedicated to her in Hong Kong for safety, fine weather and full fishing nets. In Yuen Long spectators can enjoy a colourful parade of floral wreaths and lion dances, while in Sai Kung a decorated procession of fishing boats mark the occasion travelling to the city's oldest Tin Hau temple.

Tam Kung is another sea deity revered amongst fishermen and coastal communities, birthday celebrations (6 May) take place across Hong Kong and include a spectacular parade, lion and dragon dances and martial art performances.

The Birthday of Buddha (6 May) is celebrated across Asia but Hong Kong adds its own unique style to the festivities, with celebrations centred around the Po Lin Monastery which sits in the shadows of the world's tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha, known as the Big Buddha.

Festivities vary from the solemn Buddha bathing ritual, incredible face-changing performances to Kung Fu performances by Shaolin Monks at the Po Lin Monastery and the fabulous Buddha Birthday Carnival. During the Buddha's Birthday celebrations, you can take part in the Bathing the Buddha ceremony.

The colourful cultural festivities in Hong Kong are brought to a dramatic end with the Cheung Chau Bun Festival (3-7 May). This unique week-long celebration includes a parade of mythological Chinese characters and the Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling Competition where contestants clamber up a 14 metre tower stacked with buns to the amusement of thousands of spectators.

The highlight of the festival is the Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade. This dramatic re-enactment of the ceremonial parade held to drive away a plague a century ago, sees young children, dressed in the guises of traditional deities and modern celebrities, balance on poles and accompanied by gongs and lion dancers, appear to float above the crowds in a carnival-like procession.

Visitors are encouraged to make like the locals and participate in Hong Kong's Spring cultural celebrations to experience the energy, tradition and passion that are the very soul of modern Hong Kong.

Looking ahead.....

In Hong Kong, an ancient Chinese festival has become one of the world’s greatest parties!

Between 06-08June, thousands of the world’s top dragon boat athletes compete in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race with three days of intense racing that fill the city’s iconic harbour with heart-stopping action, a profusion of colour and the sounds of drummers and fans urging paddlers on to the finish line. There’ll be fun on dry land too with the San Miguel BeerFestt, with non-stop music, live entertainment and, of course, ice-cold beer.

Taking an ancient Chinese tradition and transforming it into a modern sport and international party has Asia’s world city written all over it. Experience it for yourself at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival!

The Mid-Autumn Festival in early September turns Hong Kong into an enchanting world of fiery dragons, ancient lanterns and modern light shows! During this ancient Chinese feastival ancient Chinese festival, the city pays homage to its roots, a bygone era when farmers thanked the moon god for bountiful harvests. In true Hong Kong spirit, age-old tradition and innovation rub shoulders for a fun family week.

Costume parties, festive entertainment, Halloween drinks and foods, and a unique blend of Western and Eastern cultures makes Hong Kong the Halloween party capital of Asia. So this October, grab your disguise, get on yer broom and head to this dynamic city for a howling good time!

From 30 October to 30November, this exciting city brings you a whole month of indulgence with enough epicurean events to set your tongues tingling. The popular Hong Kong Wine & Dine Month has helped establish the city as the principal place in Asia to enjoy the finer things in life, including wines from around the world paired with the creations of Hong Kong’s culinary wizards

Each year, the event kicks off with the internationally-celebrated Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and follows through with a month-long series of events and promotions, including street carnivals, restaurant wine and dine offers, wine-themed tours, classes and fairs.

Stay tuned for more happenings !!!

اسم الموضوع : Hong Kong / HAPPENINGS & FESTIVALS | المصدر : Asia guide

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