Festivals and celebrations in Hong Kong
Many people dream to visit Hong Kong and to see this city is to stroll along the promenade, climb to Victoria Peak, overlooking the world-famous panorama. But Hong Kong is not only a modern city with a palisade of skyscrapers and attractions for every taste. The most amazing thing is how the locals follow the traditions, respect and love their culture. You will see this if you visit it during one of the traditional holidays or festivals.
Folk festivals in the period of Chinese new year is, of course, the main event of the year, but the holiday calendar is not limited to a single holiday, Hong Kong is a year-round color and fun. In may and June there will be several festivals that are of interest to tourists.
Hong Kong holidays are tied to the Lunar calendar, therefore it is relatively familiar to us Gregorian they change every year.
In may pass directly 3 festival devoted to important to the people of Hong Kong religious holidays.
11 may in Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of the sea goddess tin Hau – patroness of seafarers and fishermen. The life and prosperity of Hong Kong is inextricably linked with the sea, so the locals refer to this goddess with great respect and has devoted her more than 70 churches. In them and hongkongers flock to ask the mighty goddess of prosperity, a rich harvest and good weather in the coming year. But the most interesting events on this day do not occur in the center of Hong Kong, and in Suicune: where does a colorful procession of junks – traditional Hong Kong boats. They hongkongers taking gifts to the goddess tin Hau. They are directed to the main temple but Miao (great temple), to solemnly bring gifts to the goddess.
May 25, residents of Hong Kong celebrate Buddha’s birthday.
According to the legend, 9 dragons brought water to redeem the newborn Buddha, hence the tradition of bathing the Buddha images on the day of his birth. The biggest manifestation of this tradition can be seen in the Lin monastery, which is located on Lantau island, near one of the most famous attractions in Hong Kong – a statue of a sitting Buddha. For Hong Kongers ‘ this ritual symbolizes the purification of the soul. Another traditional ritual associated with this holiday – eating special cookies that intentionally make bitter, and green cookies cannot be called appetizing. But in this ritual is the hidden meaning: not eating the most delicious cookies is a representation of going through difficulties and hardships, a man discovers his new powers and the ability to appreciate the important things.
Happy birthday Buddha’s birthday coincides another deity who favors the conquerors of the sea and the fishermen, There Kuna. Main place of celebration – Church consecrated in honour of this God, which is located in Shau Kei Wan. To celebrate the birthday of this God made a colorful parade and dancing lions and dragons. By the way, the temple is also of interest for tourists: here are stored the old traditional model of the Hong Kong boats – junks and dragon boat.
In may on the island of Chenchu festival rolls. Ready for locals start long, because they need to make and decorate the figures of the gods of papier mache to build a tower of bamboo and bake enough biscuits to cover their tower. During the festival, from 22 to 26 may (in 2015), the inhabitants of the island are paraded through the streets of the island’s statues of deities, have a parade, performing the dance of the lion and the dragon, and the culmination of the festival is the competition, the winner in which the party that brought together more than all of the upper rolls.
June 20 in Hong Kong will host the festival, which is one of the three most spectacular, is the dragon boat festival.
On this day, the townspeople remember the Chinese poet, scholar and wise statesman Chiu Yuan. This man lived in the III century BC and did everything possible to bring wealth and prosperity to China, but the Emperor paid little attention to the suggestions that have expressed Chiu yuan. Trying to attract the attention of the Emperor, Chiu yuan committed suicide by drowning himself up in the waters of the river Mi Lo. The local people are very respected him, and took their boats, went in search of the body, and to scare away the fish, the people began to beat the drum. This historic fact was the basis of the tradition of the dragon boat festival, which annually brings together teams of rowers from different countries of the world.