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The month of May in Hong Kong kicks off an array of colorful festivities and traditions including a revelry of water parades in honour of Tin Hau, Buddha bathing ceremonies, colorful parades and dragon dances, and the one-of-a-kind bun-scrambling contest at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival...
Please pay attention to latest health advisories for any potential precautions enacted as it may cause last minute cancellations or changes to the events. Always check the organisers' websites before heading out to any event.
So take advantage of the fantastic festivals, art exhibitions and the last balmy days before the scorching heat and humidity of summer start trickling in...
May 1st is Labor Day, a public holiday.
May also sees the start of our infamous typhoon season. Hong Kong deals with typhoons every year, don't be alarmed, just aware and if a warning is issued, take the precautions outlined here and stay safe.
Here is a guide to this month's most popular happenings and where and when to catch these colorful and electrifying events.
Highlight Celebrations and Events in May 2023
- Birthday of Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea - May 12, 2023
- Cheung Chau Bun Festival - May 26, 2023
- Birthday of Buddha Celebrations - May 26, 2023
- Birthday of Tam Kung, the Seafarer's God - May 26, 2023
- Disney Springtime Carnival - March through May
Ongoing Events This May 2023
- Free cultural exhibitions: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Feng Shui
- The Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong's light and sound show
- It's race time! The Horse Races at Happy Valley are on!
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Birthday of Tin Hau - May 12, 2023
Tin Hau is the Goddess of the Sea, given that in the past Hong Kong was a fishing town and most everybody's lives were tied to the sea, Tin Hau is sort of the "patron saint" of the city and you can imagine that the Tin Hau Festival is a really big deal.
There will be colorful and lively celebrations including the unique fa pau floats unique to the celebration, dragon parades, lion dances and feasts... anywhere there is a Tin Hau temple nearby, and there are over 60 in Hong Kong!
Some of the most vibrant and notorious celebrations are in Yuen Long in the New Territories and Joss House Bay in Saikung, which boasts the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong. Also the coastal towns will be celebrating: Stanley, Lamma Island, Peng Chau and Cheng Chau as well.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival - May 26, 2023
A very colorful and unique festival in the island of Cheung Chau, just a short ferry ride away.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival has been celebrated for hundreds of years and is dedicated to the god Pak Tai, in thanks for protecting the island and to drive away the evil spirits.
One trademark of the festival is the huge bamboo mountains covered with handmade buns which are set up near the Pak Tai Temple where the majority of the celebrations take place.
There are the parades, lion dances, the many rituals and of course lots of drumming! This is a very lively event, not to be missed if you are in Hong Kong during this period.
When? This is a week-long celebration culminating on May 26, 2023
Getting to Cheung Chau: 40 or 60 minutes with ferries from Central Pier #5 approx. every 30 minutes. The fast ferry is an enclosed cabin, the standard or slow one is a much more scenic way to get there on the outside decks.
The Birthday of Lord Buddha - May 26, 2023
A celebration that will be observed at most monasteries, shrines and buddhist temples in Hong Kong to commemorate the birth of Buddha as worshippers and followers flock to the temples to pay their respects.
The "Bathing of the Buddha" Ceremony is performed as part of the festivities.
One of the biggest celebrations is at the Hong Kong Big Buddha in Lantau and
the nearby Po Lin Monastery.
The Birthday of Tam Kung - May 26, 2023
Tam Kung, together with Tin Hau, is considered the protector of the fishermen and the seas, and so there is also a festival in his honor, on the eight day of the fourth moon, this year on the Western calendar it will be celebrated on May 26, 2023.
The festivities take place by the Tam Kung Temple in Hong Kong Island and involve a large parade with the colorful dragon and lion
dances, lots of drumming, acrobats and performers accompanying the floats and the procession.
When?: May 26, 2023 - Parade from approx. 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
How to get there?: The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan can be easily reached with the MTR: MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit D1, about a 5 minute walk to Tam Kung Temple Road, just follow the crowds.
Disney Springtime Carnivale of Stars and Egg-stravaganza
Starting in March, Mickey, Minnie and the gang will dress up in their brand-new celebratory outfits. Along with some long-missed Disney friends, they'll board the Mickey and Friends Celebration, a lively show on Main Street with all our favourite Disney friends old and new!
Also coming this March is the all-new Duffy and Friends themed play experiences and coming in May is "StellaLou's Wonderful Wishes Ballet" and a series of Heroic Encounters with Marvel Super Heroes.
When? March through May
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Disney Springtime Celebration activities are free with Park Admission.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Ongoing Hong Kong Events
These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE or offered for a low fee!
These events feature some of the great and ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:
The Symphony of Lights
The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong's light and sound show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.
The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront.
This free show offered by the city, takes place every night at 8:00 pm and lasts about 12 minutes.
When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free
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The Horse Races Are On! This is how you can attend
The horse races in Hong Kong whether or not you are a horse racing enthusiast is an experience not to be missed!
The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys, the crowds going wild, they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in two world-class venues, at the Sha Tin Racecourse and the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse.
The Happy Valley race course itself is a sight in itself, the city has built around it through the years and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers, an awesome experience specially at night when the city is illuminated.
At this time, COVID-19 pandemic control measures have been relaxed and races will be staged in accordance with prevailing restrictions which enable the HKJC to bring more racing fans back to enjoy the on-course entertainment in person. Walk-in admission has been resumed for both public and members enclosures. Customers are encouraged to make advance bookings to secure admission for indoor catering venues. Here are the latest arrangements.
When?: Happy Valley Night Races on Wednesday Nights. On race day, first race starts at 7:15 p.m. and the gates open at 5:15 p.m.
The races are done by 11:00 p.m.
Sha Tin Day Races are on Sundays. First race normally starts at 1:00 pm, earlier if there are more than 10 races. Gates open at 11:00 am.
All races will be streamed live at the HK Jockey Club Racing Channel.
How Much? There are many ways to experience the races, from General Stand to Private Boxes and special packages including dinner and drinks. General Stand entrance starts at HK10. You can join this guided experience and learn all about horse racing and betting, Enjoy the HKJC horse races from the 2M roof deck.
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