The much anticipated Chinese Year of the Pig starts on February 5, 2019! Little Steps digs into what exactly we are celebrating and where the fun is happening this CNY in Hong Kong. New decorations, traditional food, red packets, holiday fun activities for little ones, and of course a firework spectacular… bring on the Year of Pig!
According to an ancient legend, people were once tormented by a beast called a Nian (Year), a ferocious creature with an extremely large mouth capable of swallowing several people in a single bite. Relief from the Nian came only when an old man tricked the beast into disappearing. In reality, Chinese New Year festivities are more of a desire to celebrate the end of winter and the fertility and rebirth that come with the spring. Today, New Year is about family reunions and wishing everyone good fortune in the coming year.
Prior to New Year's Day, Chinese families decorate their living rooms with beautiful flowers, platters of oranges and tangerines, and a candy tray with different kinds of dried sweet fruit. There are also the traditional feasts! Whole fish, which represents togetherness and abundance, and a chicken, which represents prosperity, are prepared for family and friends. Also note that a lot of restaurants and shops will be closed during the New Year so call ahead.
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During Chinese New Year, there is also a tradition of offering lai see or ya sui qian (red packets filled with money) to bring good fortune and to ensure that kids and single people can begin the new year with some cash in their pocket. The envelopes often have Chinese characters that translate to “good fortune” or “good in business” printed on them, and are sometimes accompanied by Chinese paper cuts.
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Chinese New Year is like Christmas in the West, a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family to enjoy some traditional food. Check out Little Steps' guide to know what you and your kids should try during the festive season!
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CNY Flower Markets @ Various parks and playgrounds including Causeway Bay and Mongkok.
2019 CNY Fireworks Display @ Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival 2019 @ Tai Po
Lantern Carnivals @ Various Locations Throughout Hong Kong
Other Fun Happenings For Kids:
AIA Great European Carnival @ Central Harbourfront
Times Square Chinese New Year @ Times Square At Causeway Bay