Nothing matches the richness, colour and spectacle of the way Hong Kong marks its biggest celebration – Chinese New Year. And, from February 4 to 17, 2013, Hong Kong will welcome the Year of the Snake.

You are bound to have a remarkable experience of this ancient festival. Whether you are squeezing into festive flower markets and incense-filled temples, or gasping at breathtaking pyrotechnics and lively sports events, in Hong Kong, your Chinese New
Year will be cosmopolitan, festive, traditional, spectacular and unique.

The 2013 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on February 10, 2013 will be an exuberant display of illuminated floats accompanied by spectacular international and local performing groups. There’ll be a carnival atmosphere as crowds lining the route around Tsim Sha Tsui watch the colourful parade pass by and the area is transformed into a giant outdoor party with stunning Victoria Harbour as the backdrop.

Wait, there’s more – from fireworks displays and well-wishing rituals to horse facing and football, there’s something for everyone.

One of Hong Kong’s sporting highlights of the year, Lunar New Year Cup 2013 – the new year’s football tournament – provides sports fans with the chance to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the beautiful game at the same time.

Then there is the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display on February 11, 2013. Thousands will line both sides of iconic Victoria Harbour to usher in the Year of the Snake with an astounding pyrotechnics display. Join them and start the lunar new year with a heart-stopping bang.

Chinese New Year Race Day is on February 12, 2013. Join the eager punters at the Sha Tin racecourse for a unique Hong Kong tradition. On the third day of Chinese New Year, local sports fans hope to make a fresh start on a winning wager.
But remember that celebrations begin on February 4 and end on February 17.

To usher in the Year of the Snake in Hong Kong, call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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