The Hong Kong government announced yesterday that the annual Lunar New Year Fireworks Display for 2022 has been cancelled. This is the third consecutive year that the event – which is usually held at Victoria Harbour on the second day of the Lunar New Year –  has been called off.

In 2020, the fireworks display was cancelled due to social unrest, and this year’s event was scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has not given a reason for the cancellation of next year’s display.

The signature New Year’s Eve fireworks will not be held this year either. However, Hong Kong’s first-ever New Year countdown concert will go ahead as scheduled. The concert, to be held at West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park, will include performances by music stars such as boy band MIRROR, AGA, Joyce Cheng, Alfred Hui, Jay Fung and Gin Lee, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Admission to the concert is free, and 3,000 tickets were given to 1,500 winners of a lucky draw at the beginning of December.

Header image credits: Dennis Wong, CC BY 2.0

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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