Buddhist Holidays

Repast and present

As the Lunar New Year rolls round once again, we look at how some of Hong Kong's personalities celebrated in their childhood, and discover which traditions they have held on to.

Bonnie Gokson (restaurateur and owner of Sevva)

Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am

Party on ...

Long after the rest of the world has finished welcoming the new year, in many parts of India the celebrations have continued. Mid-January witnessed Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival that marks the sun's auspicious journey into the northern hemisphere.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

Hello Friends!

Are we all looking forward to getting some red packets?

I know I am!

It's always great to think of all the things I can splash out on. The only problem is that I could spend my money about six different ways - seven if you count the iPad I want.

I guess I should save my cash for um... er... rainy days, as they say.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The buzz

There can't be any better time to be living in Hong Kong than this part of the year, when balmy temperatures arrive and the oppressive heat and humidity of summer are still months away.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

Gone are the days of celebrating the Lunar New Year with my family and relatives. Yet there is nothing to stop me from bringing the festive atmosphere overseas and sharing it with people from the other side of the world.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Rituals a study in village diversity

The Tai Ping Ching Chiu - which literally means 'the purest sacrifice celebrated for great peace' - is also known as the Jiao Festival. It is a communal Taoist ritual staged to pray for the well-being of the people.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Urban renewal has no place for hungry ghosts

Redevelopment looks like ending two historic Yu Lan (Hungry Ghost) Festivals.

The festival is a month-long effort to appease restless spirits of the dead. But threats from urbanisation are forcing communities in Central, Kwai Chung and Wong Tai Sin this year to stage what are likely to be their last celebrations.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

5-day-a-week civil servants want day off when Saturday is holiday

Civil servants, unlike many Hongkongers, no longer need to work on Saturdays any more thanks to their five-day week. But the move has cheated them of extra days off because they no longer benefit when public holidays fall on Saturdays, unionists say.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am


Coming of the rains

Songkran - or the 'water splashing festival' - is Thailand's New Year.

Thais used to set their New Year by the lunar calendar like the Chinese do. But today it has a fixed date - from April 12 to 15. It is a spring festival, like Lunar New Year.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


Feast for the first morning

Hong Kong and the mainland are not the only places to celebrate Lunar New Year. The Japanese and the Koreans have Lunar New Year Festivals, as do the Vietnamese.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Valentine's Day clash with Lunar New Year poses dilemma

Valentine's Day is a day to spend time with a lover while Lunar New Year is for families. But when they both fall on the same day, who do you choose?

That is the dilemma Chinese people in Hong Kong and around the world will face on February 14 when the Tiger, whose year it is, goes head to head with Cupid.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Revellers flock to Cheung Chau to chase evil spirits off island

Bun Festival revellers on Cheung Chau appeared unfazed by the threat of an H1N1 epidemic as islanders kicked off the annual traditional festivities yesterday.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Cheung Chau lays on extra buns for next week's festive scramble

Cheung Chau is expecting a surge in visitors for next week's Bun Festival, where scramblers are expected to scoop up 20 per cent more buns.

The attendance increase is expected because the festival, on May 2, falls in the middle of the three-day Labour Day weekend.

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Scaling the 'bun mountain'

Cheung Chau's annual Bun Festival is now underway and will culminate in the famous bun-snatching race near midnight of May 3. It is the eighth day of the fourth lunar month and is locally regarded as the birthday of Buddha.

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Songkran in a mall? It's just not the same

Thais in Hong Kong will celebrate Songkran - the Thai New Year - in a shopping centre, unable to splash water. There'll be no dancing either.

Bungon Tamasorn, chairwoman of the Thai Regional Alliance in Hong Kong, and her Thai friends are disappointed.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am