Hong Kong is a cultural melting pot offering the perfect blend of the traditional and the modern, a place where East meets West. This is largely because of its diverse ethnic population. While majority of the citizens are of Chinese descent, over the years the city has attracted Filipinos, Indonesians, Japanese, Koreans, South Asians, Thais and Vietnamese, many of whom have made Hong Kong their home. The most popular religions in Hong Kong are Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity. The city is also a major economic hub with a large number of expats, especially from the US, UK and Canada.
The eclectic backdrop of cultures coupled with the high degree of religious freedom means that people living in Hong Kong rejoice as much in traditional Chinese festivals, as they do on other festive occasions like Christmas. In fact, you will find some festival being celebrated almost every month of the year, such as the spectacular Dragon Boat Festival, the Poon Choi or the ‘Big Bowl Feast’ celebrating community living and the Spring Lantern Festival.
Interestingly, since Chinese festivals are based on the lunar calendar, the dates differ each year. Regardless of the occasion, all festivals are resplendent with vibrant dance performances, colourful traditional costumes, communal celebrations and wafts of incense.
The three most popular festivals celebrated in Hong Kong are the Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas.
Chinese New Year
The biggest festive celebrations are seen on the Chinese New Year when the whole city is shut down for three days, with the festivities lasting for up to two weeks. Occurring in the month of February, it is also referred to as the Spring festival.
The Chinese New Year festivities are marked by an incredible firework display at Victoria Harbour and the New Year Parade featuring colourful floats, customary Chinese dances as well as international dance troupes from all over the world. Restaurants serve traditional Chinese festive dishes such as Tong Yuen dumplings, Bak Jok rice-porridge congee and a whole fish dish to symbolise abundance in the new year.
Customs of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong are akin to Christmas, with people visiting relatives and friends, cooking elaborate meals at home and exchanging gifts. It is also regarded as the perfect time to express gratitude towards business associates and colleagues.
Sending gift hampers, containing Chinese New year treats, sweets, beverages such as tea and alcohol, flowers, fruits and candles, is the perfect way for showing appreciation to all those you care about and those valuable to your success in the year ahead.
The second most popular festival for the Chinese, the Mid-Autumn Festival marks the day of the year when the moon as its fullest and brightest. Also known as the Chinese Moon Festival, this tradition has prevailed since 500 BC when people of high rank in the Zhou dynasty held elaborate banquets of moon cakes, watermelons and other fresh fruits, and prayed to the moon for a good harvest.
In fact the moon cakes are central to the celebrations of the festival even today. Made of salted duck eggs, lotus seed and nuts, these delicacies are offered for good luck to the Moon God and are eaten at night with the moon at its fullest. Moon cakes are also gifted to family, friends and acquaintances as an expression of love and respect.
Observed as an official holiday in Hong Kong, the mid-autumn festival is spent in the company of friends and family, lighting lanterns, admiring the splendour of the full moon and singing celebrated moon poems. It is an important time for family reunions and for those unable to undertake the journey to meet near and dear ones, sending gift hampers is a preferred way for extending festive greetings.
Christmas is one of the most celebrated occasions in Hong Kong with shopping centres, hotels and popular tourist spots bejewelled with glittering lights and extravagant Christmas decorations. In the month of December the city also hosts the popular WinterFest, which attracts tourists from around the world. The gigantic Christmas Tree at Central Statue Square is a sight to behold with lavish lights and ornaments. Groups of carollers can also be seen walking and singing around parks and malls.
As is customary elsewhere in the world, Christians in Hong Kong celebrate Christmas with family get-togethers, by going to Church, cooking traditional dishes and spreading festive cheer by sending gifts, including gift hampers, to family, friends and colleagues.
Regardless of faith, the people of Hong Kong have come to celebrate and enjoy all festivals with equal merriment and enthusiasm. However, the common theme running across all major festivals is spending quality time with loved ones, eating delectable dishes and sending gifts. This is what makes gift hampers containing gourmet food, exclusive beverages, fresh fruits and other festive items, an ideal gifting choice for friends and business associates alike.
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