Chinese New Year – Welcoming The Year Of The Horse

Chinese New Year Of The Horse“Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is luni-solar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.

Chinese New Year is without a doubt the biggest (and most-adored) festival of the lunar calendar, with 15-days packed with age-old traditions, cultural festivities and family celebrations! Starting on the first day of the new year, (31 January) and right up until the Spring Lantern Festival (14 February), locals flock to aromatic temples to pray for good fortune, fill themselves with auspicious foods and string up shock-red lanterns.

In true Hong Kong style, the city will welcome the Year of the Horse with festive flamboyancy, timeless traditions and that unique touch of cosmopolitan flair! Festivities are spread out over three weeks, so whether you’re squeezing into festive flower markets and incense-filled temples, gasping at breathtaking pyrotechnics or cheering at lively sports events, you’ll be sure to experience a Chinese New Year here like no other !” Read more about it here…

Accordingly, the offices of Continental HK will remain closed as per the following schedule:

Hong Kong Office:  Jan 31 till Feb 03, 2014. Normal functioning will be resumed on Tuesday, February 04, 2014.

Shenzhen Office: Jan 31 till Feb 07, 2014. Normal functioning will be resumed on Friday, February 07, 2014.

During the above mentioned dates, quotations and reservations will not be possible. The operations team, however, will function as normal. We do apologise for the inconvenience caused, and request you to kindly bear with us.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a great new year ahead !

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