Festivals & Events
One thing I often say about Hong Kong is that you’ll never be bored. Between the countless events popping up throughout the year and the numerous festivals we celebrate (and get a day off work for), there’s always something to do here.
Traditional Chinese beliefs say that the 15th of the seventh lunar month is the time when restless spirits walk around. It’s incredibly interesting to get a sneak peek into the various local traditions around town.
Art Basel in Hong Kong provides a portal to the region’s artists, with over half of the participating galleries hailing from Asia-Pacific.
Today, it’s one of the largest rugby events in the world. While most people attend the Hong Kong Sevens to watch the intense matches, many people go solely for the good time.
Beautiful decorations that spring up all over the city, is Chinese New Year – Hong Kong’s largest festival.
Another one of Hong Kong’s colourful festivals is the Mid-Autumn Festival, which usually happens in September. The three staples of this festival are mooncakes, lantern displays, and the Tai Hang fire dragon dance.
Fun fact: One of the main events in the Cheung Chau Bun Festival was a race up a tower made of buns.
To summarize, this month is filled with everything art: from a variety of art exhibitions to theatre, you’re sure to stumble across something that piques your interest.
While at the festival, you can experience some of the wine-pairing meals curated by well-known chefs, improve your wine knowledge at one of the many tasting classes, and just wander around the grounds taste-testing any and all wines that seem interesting.
In Vietnam, when a festival is afoot, it’s incredible to see communities rally around one cause and one goal to put on a spectacular show. Personally, I was wowed by the attention to detail ensuring everything was just so.
Dalat Flower Festival is held every two years in December and what started out as an event that initially attracted tens of thousands of people now regularly attracts nearly half a million, and it’s growing each time it’s put on.
Each full moon, the city of Hoi An turns the lights down low, and brings out silk lanterns, which almost instantly transport you back to another time.
Thousands of pilgrims make the trek every year, and the ceremonies involve famous pagodas and prayers in ancient caves.