What are the best holiday events in Hong Kong?

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Barbra Austin

The answer to this question depends, of course, on which holiday you mean!

The Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest celebration, entails a week of lantern lighting, moon cake eating and dragon dancing. Did I mention moon cakes?

Hong Kong starts the western new year with a spectacular fireworks show over the harbor, and not long after that, rings in the Chinese new year with more pyrotechnics (though this is not the best time to visit, since many businesses close and airports are thronged).

Buddha’s birthday is celebrated in grand fashion at the Po Lin monastery, which sits near the foot of the massive bronze Buddha statue on Lantau Island. It usually falls in May.

The deity Tin Hau, goddess of the sea, is widely revered in Hong Kong, where many make their livelihood from the water. Her birthday is celebrated every year (in April or May) with a colorful parade of fishing boats in picturesque Sai Kung.

July 1 marks the day (in 1997) when Hong Kong passed from British to Chinese control. It’s commemorated with — you guessed it — a massive fireworks display.

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