It’s an amazing experience to participate in an exciting festival of a distant land! Hong Kong is one such place, where many colourful festivals are celebrated. We have picked some of the upcoming festivals that will rock Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient. They are popular and completely fun-packed! Read about them below and do add them to your travel itinerary.
Hong Kong National Day
The Hong Kong National Day signifies the foundation and establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong has celebrated it since 1997 – the year the territory was passed on to China. The Chinese community looks forward to the events of this day such as flag-raising ceremony, awe-inspiring parades, and spectacular fireworks.
Conducted on: 1st October, 2016
Chung Yeung Festival
Held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, the Chung Yeung Festival is a time when families get together at cemeteries and worship their ancestors. This is an age-old practise going back to thousands of years. While it is a memorial day, it is also a day of outing and picnicking. People eat a special cake called ‘ko’. The Chinese consume it in the hope of being promoted to higher ranks.
Conducted on: 9th October, 2016
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival is so magnificent that it’s been named by ForbesTraveler as one of the top 10 international food and wine festivals. Last year, 144,000 locals and visitors from different parts of the world took part in the four-day event. As the name suggests, this fiesta allows one to explore more than 400 booths offering wines, single malts, and innovative cocktails.
Conducted on: 27th – 30th October, 2016
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Held for 10 days, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival celebrates well-established and emerging writers on a global level. As per the official website, there are discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings. In the past few years, notable personalities such as Seamus Heaney, Louis de Bernières, Colm Tóibín, Jung Chang have graced the occasion with their presence.
Conducted on: 4th – 13th November, 2016
Clockenflap is ‘Hong Kong’s largest and longest-running outdoor music and arts festival’. Over the years, this fest has played host to top-notch talents such as New Order, The Libertines, A$AP Rocky, and Primal Scream. Though music is the main element of this fiesta, there are stages and areas exclusively for films, visual art, performance art, arts & crafts, and family fun. Clockenflap is any artist’s paradise!
Conducted on: 25th – 27th November, 2016