Hong Kong is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Macau. It is situated on China’s south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong’s population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups. Hong Kong’s Han Chinese majority originate mainly from the cities of Guangzhou and Taishan in the neighbouring Guangdong province.
Christmas Celebrations in Hong Kong :
Because of Chinese majority, Christmas is a more commercially popular festival in Hong Kong. Chinese Christians celebrate Christmas with Church services in Chinese. At the Anglican Cathedral, some services are held in English, because Europeans who live and work in Hong Kong attend them as well as people from Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, people also send Christmas cards, many of which are home made using Chinese craft techniques.
Poinsettias flowers and Nativity scenes decorate homes, churches and public places, as well as big red and gold letters from the Chinese alphabet on decorated streamers and paper chains. One can also find few huge and beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the public areas.
In Hong Kong, Father Christmas or Santa Claus, is known as “Sing Daan Lou Yan” or “Lan Khoong” which means Christmas Old Man in Cantonese or “Sheng Dan Lo Ren” in Mandarin. Most people in Hong Kong speak Caontonese and would use “Sing Daan Lou Yan”.
Every year in Hong Kong there is a ‘Winterfest’. It’s a huge winter party that involves the shops, theme parks and other attractions in Hong Kong. It generally startes from 28th November to the 4th January and will include a giant Christmas tree in Statue Square, a sparkling castle at Disneyland Hong Kong and a forest of 200 Christmas trees and an ice skating extravaganza at Ocean Park!
Winterfest is also famous for its New Year’s countdown and displays of lights and fireworks all over the city.
We wish all reader Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!