Author: Agnes Wong

A hermit at heart, Agnes likes to connect with the world across various platforms that share a wealth of content on beauty, culture, lifestyle, and travel. She loves using the art of language to portray her voice and poor sense of humour whenever possible. When she’s not nerding around or head deep into a piece, you’re sure to find her spending time outdoors with friends and family or going down the Pinterest rabbit hole to find all sorts of inspiration she can!

Get ready to roar and rumble as boisterously as the grand spectacle of a lion dance! The lion dance, called mou si (舞獅) in Cantonese and wǔshī (舞狮) in Mandarin, is a traditional dance often seen in parades and public squares in Chinese and other Asian cultures. The celebratory performance is known to bring good luck and a wealth of abundance. Dance along to learn more about this dazzling performance! What is the lion dance? Lion dancers next to a performer holding up a pole as part of the dragon dance (© vhines200 via Flickr) The lion dance is a…

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The Chinese zodiac is traditionally used to calculate days in the calendar using Chinese astrology. It consists of 12 animals that rotate yearly, each holding auspicious meanings. The animals can determine character traits, fortune, and compatibility. There is another layer, an association with one of five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), which adds more nuance to an individual’s fortune in a particular year. Get the lowdown on what it means to be born in a certain year in the Chinese calendar. What is the Chinese zodiac? The 12 zodiac animal signs illustrated in a wheel (© RootOfAllLight via…

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One can always use an excuse to celebrate love. For those who missed out on Valentine’s Day, there’s something to rejoice in this summer: Qixi Festival (七夕 – qīxì in Mandarin or chat jik in Cantonese). Qixi Festival is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day, when couples go on wholesome, romantic dates and singles pray to Zhinü, the goddess of weaving and Jade Emperor’s youngest daughter, for true love. Mark your calendars and get ready for a hearty day. What is Qixi Festival? Qixi Festival’s origin myth, the romance between the youngest daughter of the Jade Emperor and a mortal,…

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Brotherhood is undeniably a significant bond shared among others that’s perhaps one of life’s greatest treasures. Symbolising this bond is Kwan Tai (關帝, Kwan Tai in Cantonese and Guan Di in Mandarin), the Chinese god of war from the Three Kingdoms Era (220 – 280 AD). Locals revere his birthday and celebrate his life rising through the ranks amongst his comrades. See the impact he has to this day. What is the Birthday of Kwan Tai? Born Guan Yu, the war deity Kwan Tai is usually depicted with a red body and astride a warhorse (© Anagoria via WikiCommons) Celebrating…

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The Big Buddha situated on Lantau Island is perhaps one of Hong Kong’s most iconic attractions dedicated to a humble being filled with gratitude who was born privileged – Buddha. Being widely respected, Buddha’s Birthday (佛誕 – fat daan in Cantonese and 佛诞 – fo dan in Mandarin) on May 8, 2022 is a time-honoured celebration across Asia in remembrance of his life. Read on to understand why Buddha remains so significant a figure in Asian cultural values to this day. What is Buddha’s Birthday celebration? Celebrated on May 8, 2022, Buddha’s Birthday celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama,…

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With a name that rouses the appetite, one might be fooled to think that Cheung Chau Bun Festival is about food. As scrumptious as it sounds, Cheung Chau Bun Festival (包山節 – bao saan zit in Cantonese and 包山节 – bao shan jie in Mandarin) is steeped in folklore that began around a plague-swept time and has now become a festival celebrated on the small fishing island filled with fun activities, one that’s not to be missed! (Please note: Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the festival activities are unfortunately cancelled in 2022.) What is Cheung Chau Bun Festival? The…

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It’s not every day that we have a legendary and historical female figure to commemorate, but when we do, Tin Hau (天后) is among the ranks. Tin Hau in Cantonese or Tian Hou in Mandarin, meaning Empress of Heaven, is known as the goddess of the sea in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southern China. On April 23, 2022, we celebrate Tin Hau’s birthday for Tin Hau Festival. She’s a protector of one of Mother Nature’s breathtaking elements and grants this protection to seafarers. See how Tin Hau has made centuries-long waves. What is Tin Hau Festival? Statue depicting Tin Hau…

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Falling on April 5, 2022, Ching Ming Festival (alternatively spelled Qing Ming Festival) is among Hong Kong’s highly revered public holidays that celebrates ancestors, with people paying respect to and worshipping them by sweeping their tombs and laying out sacrificial goods. The festival has carried forward centuries with time-honoured practices, which proudly showcase filial piety above all else. As the festival takes place at the start of spring, it makes celebrations all the more heartwarming and fun. Though sharing the practice of cleaning the tombs of ancestors, Ching Ming Festival is not to be confused with Chung Yeung Festival, celebrated…

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The Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year, marking the final day of new year celebrations. This year, the Lantern Festival falls on February 15, 2022. Learn about the mythical and historical origins of this vibrant holiday and how it is celebrated. What is Lantern Festival? Chinese Lantern Festival marks the beginning of springtime (© mrfiza via Canva) The Lantern Festival, also known as Chinese Lantern Festival, Yuan Xiao Festival, Shang Yuan Festival (in China and Taiwan), and Spring Lantern Festival (in China), marks the end of Chinese New Year…

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The most important holiday celebrated in Hong Kong is just around the corner! In Chinese culture, Lunar New Year signifies a new beginning that occurs on the new moon of the first lunar month. This year, it will fall on February 1, 2022, welcoming the year of the tiger. Rituals and traditions spanning a 15-day period mark the holiday, also called Spring Festival, but how do we celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong? Meet family and relatives (and feast!) Family gathering for Chinese New Year (© Tomwang112 via Canva) No Chinese holiday is without a family gathering and heaps…

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