Hong Kong is one of the best places to be at to witness the colorful celebrations and events that galore during the Chinese New Year. The Lunar festival is favorite time for city dwellers and those visiting the country.
The richness of traditions and wide variety of customs associated with the marking of the Lunar New Year makes it one of the significant highlights of the annual events calendar of the city. It being one of the most adored festivals of Hong Kong is proven by the fact that traditions, events and festivities stretch for more than two weeks.
Preparations for celebrating the Chinese New Year with festive flamboyance start many days in advance before the actual day of the festival. Events kick off on the first day of the New Year and continue till the Spring Lantern Festival. Hong Kong will burst in vibrant colors and one can witness only lights, sound, music, performances, traditions, customs and parades among other dazzling things planned for ushering in a brand new year. Cultural extravaganza for ringing in the Year of the Rooster 2019 would commence on Feb 05, 2019 marking the Spring Festival.
Capture the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade which is touted to be on of the favorite features of Hong Kong’s annual celebrations! The galloping year of the rooster would be ushered with the theme of New Year Party@World City. The parade comprising of 13 beautifully decorated and brightly lit floats are planned to be illuminated against the spectacular backdrop of Victoria Harbor. The streets will fill up with musical notes and stunning dance performances are kept to entertain the crowd.
Local as well as international performing groups with their fine costumes would set the streets ablaze with their performance. Cheerleading groups will be flown down from Australia and the US for welcoming the Year of the Rooster. Stilt walkers from France, a Taekwondo team from Korea, fire performance group from Singapore, a dance troupe from Japan, a bicycle band from the Netherlands; a fabulous giant queen character from the Caribbean islands and a marching band from Spain are arranged to amuse the crowd at the festival.
The traditional dragon and lion dancers will only add to the beauty of other performances lined up for welcoming the Year of the rooster. Percussion bands, acrobats, hip-hop and jazz dancers, ballerinas, and Hong Kong’s own world champion clown will perform during the festival. Bike parade, games and an African drum group will enliven the evening.
Locals observe the tradition of visiting the temple to pray for good luck throughout the year and also exchange gifts. Chinese New year in Hong Kong is also a time for savoring some of the traditional auspicious foods and adorning homes with bright lanterns and beautiful home pieces. Be at Hong Kong to relish the flavor of diverse traditions and customs.
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