Hong Kong Chinese New Year

Welcoming the Year of the Ox in 2021!
Hong Kong Chinese New Year Firecrackers

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations are some of the liveliest and most colorful we have ever experienced. This is a great time to visit and share in the spirit of the festivities as the city prepares to welcome another year. This year due to the ongoing challenge that the pandemic presents, celebrations will be a bit different to comply with social distancing precautions and any health and safety measures in effect.

Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first moon of the Lunar Calendar, which normally falls in January or February, and is also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival.

The festivities continue for the next fifteen days culminating in the Lantern Festival with the first full moon of the year.

That's right, this is a massive 15-day party, where lots of red and gold abound and the happy noises of drums, gongs and firecrackers explode in every corner.

Dancing lions and parading dragons make their ways on the streets, flower markets and temples overflow with joy and anticipation, friends and family come together to share in the blessings of the New Year...

Chinese New Year

2021 is the Year of the Ox
Chinese New Year will be on
Friday, February 12, 2021.


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A Socially Distanced Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021 Update

Hong Kong has cancelled a number of public Lunar New Year events including the Chinese New Year Night Parade and the Fireworks, amid safety concerns and in an effort to suppress the spread of COVID-19 as a fourth wave of the pandemic hits the city. Check for any updated info before you head out to any large-scale event and most of all have a harmonious, healthy and peaceful Spring Festival.

Traditionally, the celebrations have included the Chinese New Year Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui and a world class fireworks display over Victoria Harbour. This year however, due to Covid precautions both highlight events have been cancelled. The HKTB has decided instead to organise an Online+Offline event. Details to follow, stay tuned!

Also very much a part of any Chinese New Year celebration are the many Lion and Dragon dances which are performed throughout the city.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year
Parade - Cancelled

February 12, 2021
A fantastic array of colorful floats and displays, marching bands, troupes of acrobats, lively dragons, traditional Chinese dancers, international troupes from all over the world, drummers, Chinese lions, and of course, firecrackers More...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Chinese New Year Fireworks - Cancelled

February 13, 2021 - 8:00 pm. This has to be one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world. To welcome the New Year, a fleet of pontoons and barges set up in the middle of Victoria Harbour launches the pyrothecnic wonder as the sky above the harbour explodes in bursts of shimmering colour. More...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

The Dragon and Lion Dances

Start on New Year's Day through end of February
These traditional arts date back for more than a thousand years and feature incredible acrobatic performances in a riot of colours with the accompanying revelry of drums, gongs and firecrackers to scare away the bad spirits and bring in the good luck. More...

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals for the Chinese, perhaps THE most important. Celebrations in Hong Kong kick off on New Year's Eve, but the preparations begin way before then. As soon as the Christmas decorations start coming down, the Chinese New Year bright displays start appearing throughout the city.

Chinese New Year Decorations

Homes, stores, restaurants and offices are all brightly decorated in red and gold, the lucky colors for happiness and wealth and beautiful sprays of flowers and auspicious mandarin trees adorn every corner imaginable.

For most Chinese, the New Year is a time for family reunions, and all take pride in their preparations to share in the joy with their loved ones. But the celebrations are everywhere and for everyone to take part in. Please adhere to social distancing measures and all health and safety preccautions in effect to avoid further spread of Covid-19!


Hong Kong Chinese New Year Traditions and Customs

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year Flower Markets

February 6 - 12, 2021
A couple of weeks before the new year, the flower markets really come to life as everyone prepares their blooms and lucky trees for decoration and presents. Most popular held at Victoria Park. More...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Temples

Praying for Good Fortune at the Temples

Throughout the festivities, busiest times around Chinese New Year's Eve and Day
Rich in tradition, during this period the local temples will burst with activity as locals flock to bring offerings of food and incense and the temples and shrines are brightly decorated. More...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Wishing Trees

Wishing Trees and Well-Wishing Festivals - Cancelled

February 12 - 26, 2021
Another popular tradition... write your wish on a paper, tie a string with an orange and toss it over the tree, it should succesfully catch on one of the branches and remain hanging for your wish to come true. More...

More Lunar New Year Celebrations All Around

Chinese New Year in Disneyland Hong Kong

CNY at Disneyland Hong Kong

TBC During Chinese New Year, Disneyland Hong Kong transforms once again after the rush of the Christmas season. This time instead of fluffy snow and holiday wreaths, it is lanterns, red envelopes, chinese lions, drums and gongs, and all our friends wearing their best gold and reds.More...

Chinese New Year Dragon Parade at Ocean Park

CNY Gala of Lights at Ocean Park

TBC
Leaping lions at the Waterfront, dazzling dragon dances at the Summit, incredible board-busting Kung Fu shows, lucky red packets while Old Hong Kong plays host to Golden Lions dancing on the streets and Kung Fu troupes galore. More...

Chinese New Year Horse Races at Sha Tin

Chinese New Year Race Day

February 14, 2021
Not only an exciting day at the horse races but also a full programme of traditional festivities including a grand opening show, the traditional lion dances and a variety of cultural and entertainment performances. More...

Chinese Lantern Displays

Lantern Displays

February 2021
An amazing Lantern Exhibition is set up every year in the grounds of the HK Cultural Centre just steps from the Kowloon Star Ferry Pier. The displays are quite colorful and can take just about any size, shape and form you can imagine.More...

Chinese Lantern Festival Performances

Lantern Carnivals - Cancelled

February 26, 2021
The Spring Lantern Festival heralds the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations on the 15th day of the new lunar year and is marked with a carnival and a series of performances, acrobatic shows, dragon and lion dances, etc. More...

Hotels for Chinese New Year: Lion Dances at the Peninsula

Hotels For CNY

With the ongoing pandemic situation and visitor restrictions, there is now a fantastic opportunity for those already here for a fabulous staycation in Hong Kong, that hotel with fantastic views of the Harbour is more affordable than ever! More...

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Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong!

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