The Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important festival celebrated in Hong Kong. This year, the first day of the new year falls on Thursday, January 19th, and the celebrations will last for half a month. With just a few hours before we usher in the New Year, it is but fitting to share with you some basic facts about this festival.
The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar cycle on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Thus, it varies from year to year.
Also referred to as the Spring Festival, the entire holiday actually lasts for fifteen days!
The Chinese New Year's Eve and the first day of the Chinese New Year are the most important days of the festival for Hong Kongers. People in Hong Kong usually take two or three days off work to celebrate the festival. Most government offices, banks, businesses and public utilities are also closed during these two days. Shopping malls and tourist attractions are open to the public.
It’s estimated that a sixth of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, including more than 1 billion Chinese from the Mainland other parts of the world.
Millions of Chinese from different parts of the globe hit the planes, buses and trains to be with their families for the Chinese New Year.
The world record for most texts sent in a day is broken each year during Chinese New Year. The current record stands at 19 billion.
Apart from Mainland China and Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is also celebrated in Vietnam, Singapore and in Chinatown’s around the world.