By Ka Wing Wong
Chinese New Year celebrations are always a spectacle with vibrant festivities sweeping across the world at the start of each year. The best way I can try to explain to foreigners how important Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is, is to imagine it is like Christmas. And how do the locals celebrate Chinese New Year? Just like Christmas, it’s also family-oriented with feasts, gifts and decor. So here’s my guide, so you can celebrate Chinese New Year like a local in Hong Kong! Technically, New Year should start on the 1st January every year, but Chinese people are not on the same page as the rest of the world, and our calendar is calculated slightly differently. Hence, we celebrate Chinese New Year either in late January or February. Chinese people strongly believe whether or not it is going to be a good year all comes down to if they have followed tradition and stuck to all the rules. So, read on to discover our Chinese New Year traditions and how most of the locals celebrate!