Celebrate the Rooster’s Arrival
Posted on January 16 2017
Chinese New Year is just around the corner, which means the annual festivities are about to begin – this year’s zodiac animal is the rooster. Chinese New Year was the traditionally a celebration of a new year of farm work, with wishes for a good harvest. This has evolved to become a celebration of a new year of business and studies, with wishes for profit and success in the year ahead.
It is an important time for families to be together, starting off with a reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is traditionally believed to be the most important meal of the year. The most common and well-known custom is the giving of red envelopes. These red envelopes contain money and were initially given to child to ward off evil – now they are given for good luck and fortune.
Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year celebrations are arguably the best in the world, packed full of activities starting on January 28, when the International Chinese New Year’s Parade roam through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. Last year, the parade included 13 floats with representatives from 10 different countries.
January 29th will see the annual fireworks display over Victoria Harbour on top of the daily Symphony of Lights show. It promises to be an impressive audio and visual experience.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chinese New Year Cup takes place on January 30th, with races running from noon to the evening. Besides the exciting action on the Sha Tin Racecourse, there is even more entertainment on the most popular race day of the year, such as a grand opening show featuring cultural performances.
The famous flower markets at Victoria Park and Mong Kok will open on January 27th and will stay open throughout the CNY period. Be sure to check these out as they sell all sorts of interesting food and knick-knacks, along with the freshest flowers and produce. Most vendors are usually open past midnight for all your New Year needs.
Hong Kong is the place to be during Chinese New Year and with celebrations open to everyone. Get involved and we hope that you receive plenty of red envelopes … for luck, of course. Gong Hei Fat Choi!