Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong

Tomorrow marks the start of the new Lunar calendar and the Year of the Horse (my dad and I were both born in the year of the horse!).

Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong

Although I’m a quarter Chinese, I never grew up with Chinese traditions. Before coming to Hong Kong last week, I didn’t know much about Chinese New Year.

It’s incredible to see Chinese New Year decor in every storefront and in every mall. Every designer brand you can think of is in Hong Kong with their store window displays themed to the holiday. It’s not surprise considering China a such a huge market for the consumer industry.

Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong

The markets are full of vendors selling lanterns, tassels, signs, dragons, horse stuffed animals, horse trinkets, and thousands of red envelopes (used to give monetary gifts during special occasions and holidays).

Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong

I foresee a jade horse pendant in my future. What do you think?

The other big tradition is the symbol of the orange. Oranges represent good fortune and wealth so homes and businesses are decorated with lush orange trees and the market stalls sell a few  different varieties of the fruit. We have a couple here at the flat in Hong Kong that are nearly 6 inches in diameter (next up: must cut it open to see what this fruit actually is inside).

Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong Chinese New Year - guide to the traditions and spirit of the holiday in Hong Kong

Honestly. How do oranges grow to be that size?

Chinese New Year is usually a family-centered holiday, but luckily there is a huge expat community in Hong Kong that I’ll be spending my weekend with. Fireworks, food, and then Super Bowl Monday.

 Happy New Year!

What is your Chinese Zodiac sign? Do you enjoy celebrating new holidays and traditions?

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  • How cool that you get to be in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year! And that you get to find out more about the Chinese culture. I don’t even know that the superbowl gets shown in England!

    • Ooft I bet the it’s shown at an awkward time in the UK. Such a shame for expats there!

  • Chinese New Year sounds like so much fun! Have a blast and share lots of pictures so I can feel like I was there:)

    • Absolutely! Can’t wait to share pics soon

  • Wow, what beautifully colourful pictures – it must be incredible to be able to celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, lucky lady!
    I’m a rat! And that’s all I know!!
    M x

    • I’m excited for the holiday! My sister is a rat too 🙂

  • I used to know by chinese zodiac but I can’t recall what it is anymore. The Chinese New Year looks like a lot of fun!

    • It’s definitely a huge holiday over here. I’m excited to celebrate 🙂

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