Hong Kong Calendar 2013
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region for China and one of the most economically developed destinations in the world. As such, it is an amazing place to be, especially on the dates that we will mention in our Hongkong calendar 2013.
New Year’s Day
Hong Kong takes part of the worldwide celebrations of the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar. As the fireworks and celebrations sweep trough the time zones, Hong Kong and its festivals is one of the best places to be at that moment.
Tuesday, January 1 2013
Chinese New Year
Hong Kong, as a part of the People’s Republic Of China, honors the celebrations of the New Year also in its oldest form – the one according to the Moon Calendar. On the first day of the first month of the Moon Calendar begins the fifteen days long festival characterized by feasts and celebrations, which is an extraordinary experience.
Sunday, February 10 2013
Good Friday, getting its name from the word “good” which as an Ancient English acronym for “holy”, is the day that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion. Protestants, Catholics and everyone else unite around the world in the celebration of this event.
Friday, March 29 2013
On this day Hong Kong takes part in the international worldwide celebrations of Easter. With hidden easter eggs for the kids to find, feasts and festivals around the whole world, the celebrations of Jesus Christ’s resurrection are one of the most important moments in the Hongkong calendar 2013.
Monday, April 1 2013
Qing Ming Jie
Ching Ming Festival
Having in mind that ancestor worshipping is one of the most important parts of the Eastern phylosophy, The Ching Ming festival has great importance. The two symbols “Ching” and “Ming” respectively mean “Pure” and “Brightness” and resemble the day when people visit their friends’ and relatives’ burial grounds, but also the day in which they celebrate life.
Friday, April 5 2013
Perhaps one of the most important days for the ordinary man, Labour Day commemorates one of the greatest accomplishment of the Labour Movement. On this day in Chicago, the lenght of the workday has been reduced from twelve to sixteen hours to only eight, which is the standard at the moment. This accomplishment is celebrated all around the world and also has its place of honor in Hong Kong’s Calendar for 2013.
Wednesday, May 1 2013
Buddha’s Birthday, even though it is a relatively new to Hong Kong holiday, as the country changed ownership from UK to China in 1997, is still an amazing experience. Hong Kong is one of the best places to spend this holiday in, because of its outdoor bronze Buddha statue in the Pin Lo monastery, which is the biggest one in the world. Even if you aren’t a follower of Prince Siddartha Gotama’s philosophy, the festivals held in his honor are astonishing.
Friday, May 17 2013
Dragon Boats Festival
The Dragon Boats Festival, locally known as Tuen Ng, is held to commemorate the death of Chu Yuan, a loved minister of the state from around 288 BC. He was banished from his beloved China, because he wrote a poem that angered the Prince, and instead of leaving, he decided to throw himself in the river. People gathered and tried to save him with boats, and the tradition of boat racing exists until now because of this.
Wednesday, June 12 2013
Hong Kong S.A.R. Day
On this day the people of Hong Kong celebrate the end of the British Colonial Rule, after being a crown colony since 1843. In 1997 it becomes a Special Administrative Region of China, which allows them to become an autonomous country, while being under the protectorate of China.
Monday, July 1 2013
Mid August Festival
This festival takes place on the fifteenth day of the eight month according to the Lunar Calendar and is celebrated trough Dragon Boat racing and enjoyment of the moon light with family members. Its roots take us thousands of years ago, with the fairytale about Hon Yi, who saved the world by shooting nine of the ten suns, for which he was gifted the elixir of immortality. However his wife was tricked into drinking it, which gave her extraordinary powers and she flew to the moon never to come back. Hon Yi with a heart heavy with grief used to eat cupcakes and watch the moon at this day, and people do the same in honor of him.
Friday, September 20 2013
This is the day on which people celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. Fireworks and parades mark this glorious occasion and this is going to happen again for the 64th time, which is an extremely important point in Hong Kong’s Calendar for 2013.
Friday, November 1 2013
Double Ninth Festival
The Chung Yeung Festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth moon according to the Lunar Calendar. On this day people feast, hike and make picnics on high places, commemorating a legend from the Han dynasty, in which the Woon King was advised to leave town and stay for that day in the hills. He did so, and when he came back, he found all of his townsmen dead. People still go to high places because it is said to bring good luck.
Monday, October 14 2013
Hong Kong also celebrates Christmas, where people share presents with their families and friends, feast and enjoy the moment, honoring the birth of Christ. As with every other country, Christmas is an extremely important milestone in the Hongkong calendar 2013.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Hong Kong Holiday in 2013.!
Category: Hong kong Holidays