The Spring Lantern Festival is a special time infused with tradition, hope for the future, and a lot of dancing light. The celebration falls on the first full moon of the lunar calendar and marks the culmination of the Chinese New Year celebrations, which offer a wonderful combination of ancient customs and popular culture!
This parade of beaming positivity is easy to enjoy both because it’s perfectly family-friendly and completely free. There are plenty of stunning Lantern Festivals in Hong Kong, read on to learn what’s on offer, where, and when!
An annual tradition and a sight to behold, the Lunar New Year Lantern Exhibition leads up to the Lantern Carnival. The displays are set up by the LCSD at the HK Cultural Centre Piazza, i.e., the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, near the Kowloon Star Ferry Pier. From 17 Jan to 9 Feb 2020, 6pm to 11pm, wander among the colorful, symbolic, masterfully-made lanterns in all shapes and sizes, fly high with the golden dragon, and get inspired for the Spring Lantern Carnivals!
The New Year celebrations reach their peak during the Spring Lantern Carnivals. The events are a series of performances that range from folk songs to kung fu and cover classics like the lion dances and dragon parades, but also include something new every year. The carnivals take place at several locations:
Urban Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza offers a Youth Night on 7 Feb, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and a Carnival Night on 8 Feb from 7:30pm to 10pm.
New Territories West Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival at Tung Chung North Park has a Youth Night on 6 Feb, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, a Carnival Night on 7 Feb, 7:30pm to 10pm, and Lantern Display from 4 to 9 Feb, 6pm to 11pm.
New Territories East Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival at Wai Man Road Playground and Sai Kung Waterfront Park consists of a Youth Night on 8 Feb, 7:30 to 9:30, a Carnival Night on 9 Feb, 7pm to 9:30pm, and a Lantern Display from 4 to 9 Feb, 6pm to 11pm.
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As you get inspired by all this craftsmanship and artistry at its cheeriest, take your kiddos to the Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage - Exhibition on Traditional Paper Crafting. Take a hands-on approach to the carnival magic to add your own touch to the light and positivity beaming from the moon in the sky and the many lanterns everywhere around you. Learn how to make your own lanterns and get into traditional paper crafting from February 4 to 9, 2020 6pm to 11pm.