Children  at a Christmas party at the Royal Hong Kong Lifeguard Club in December, 1978. Scenes like these were not always part and parcel of the city’s seasonal celebrations. Photo: SCMP
Children at a Christmas party at the Royal Hong Kong Lifeguard Club in December, 1978. Scenes like these were not always part and parcel of the city’s seasonal celebrations. Photo: SCMP
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

How Christmas in Hong Kong evolved from a European affair to a Chinese religious festival, until an American Santa Claus swept all before him

  • Early Chinese Christian congregations in Hong Kong observed Christmas as a religious obligation – there was little feasting or gift-giving going on
  • From the 1920s, the idea of a secular Christmas motivated by consumer spending began to appear in Chinese port cities. Now it’s a seasonal party open to anyone

Children  at a Christmas party at the Royal Hong Kong Lifeguard Club in December, 1978. Scenes like these were not always part and parcel of the city’s seasonal celebrations. Photo: SCMP
Children at a Christmas party at the Royal Hong Kong Lifeguard Club in December, 1978. Scenes like these were not always part and parcel of the city’s seasonal celebrations. Photo: SCMP
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