The 2022 edition of the National Day Fireworks display, which was supposed to be held on October 1 this year, has been cancelled. According to a government press release issued on Tuesday, the event was cancelled “in view of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

This is the fourth year in a row that the annual event — which is usually held at Victoria Harbour — has been cancelled. In 2019, it was called off because of social unrest. It has not been held since 2020 due to the government’s anti-epidemic social distancing restrictions.

Earlier this year, the annual Lunar New Year fireworks display was also cancelled. This event has also not been held since 2019 due to the pandemic. More recently, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, which is held during the Mid-Autumn Festival, was also called off in light of the Covid-19 situation in the city.

Header image credits: Tat Lau via Flickr

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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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