Hong Kong National Day Holiday
Every year, 1st Oct is a celebration of the National Day in Hong Kong. The day marks the origination of the People’s Republic of China. It is celebrated as a public holiday not only in Mainland China but also in Macau and Hong Kong. It was in September 1949 when China became the PRC or People’s Republic of China. Celebrations of this day in Hong Kong have started since 1997 when the British handed over the territory to China. Thereafter, a string of community and official celebration activities happen to mark this important day in Hong Kong. For instance, in 2003, there was a flag-raising function held at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai just outside the famous Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
|1 Oct 2019||Tuesday||National Day|
|1 Oct 2020||Thursday||National Day|
|1 Oct 2021||Friday||National Day|
|1 Oct 2022||Saturday||National Day|
|1 Oct 2023||Sunday*||National Day|
|2 Oct 2023||Monday||National Day Observed|
|1 Oct 2024||Tuesday||National Day|
|1 Oct 2025||Wednesday||National Day|
Note: Any holidays that fall on a Sunday will be replaced the following Monday.
How Do They Celebrate This Day?
In Hong Kong, you can expect the day is celebrated with the year’s most dazzling fireworks display, a patriotic ceremony where the National flag of the country is hoisted, and horse racing in the afternoon. There are a large number of parades to mark the occasion. The day is ended by having gala dinners, as well as, a spectacular fireworks display. The fire display is basically the finale of the ceremony as it concludes the city’s National Day celebrations. While Mainland China celebrates the occasion for 7days starting from October 1, Hong Kong has only one public holiday (October 1) to mark the occasion. They mark this day as a public holiday in the People’s Republic of China, it is a holiday for the country’s general population. Educational institutions and a majority of businesses are on holidays in Hong Kong.
What to Do During National Day in Hong Kong?
National Day is a public holiday in Mainland China, as well as Hong Kong on October 1 every year.
Watch the Fireworks Display
Many of you would be aware that the firework celebrations that mark the National Day in Hong Kong are legendary. The dazzling action lasts for about 23 minutes in the city. Then, over 23,000 fireworks make the sky over the Victoria Harbor look stunning. Synchronized music plays from the speakers placed along the waterfront that further enhances the experience. You can watch this fireworks display from a skyscraper or along the waterfront on this special day. However, try to reach early so that you can get a good position.
Enjoy Horse Racing on 1st October
If you wish to be lucky on 1st October, you can join the bandwagon of thousands of those hopeful people of Hong Kong by visiting the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. Enjoy a complete program of fantastic entertainment and cultural performances while also trying to figure out whether your lucky horse can help you in winning a big fortune. Who knows! If the lady luck smiles on your stallion, you can even take home the coveted National Day Cup.
Go for Island Hopping
The public holiday in Hong Kong gives the perfect opportunity to go away from this bustling metropolis in pursuit of one of the lovely outlying islands of Hong Kong. Many Hong Kongers take a ferry and spend a rewarding day out on island hopping on this special day.
Attend One of the Flag-raising Functions
The city of Hong Kong organizes several flag-raising functions so that people remember the significance of this important day. There are many aerobatics shows and sea parades and thousands of Hong Kongers are flocking the streets to watch the parades.
Visit Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong
Many people in Hong Kong love to celebrate the day with fireworks, food, and various festivities. Several eateries overlooking the Victoria Harbor that offers unlimited delicacies and host parties, and special menus to entice the Hong Kongers. The Harbor has a crowd of families and groups who come and wait here for hours to watch the dazzling fireworks show. These people visit the harbour with their picnic hampers, rugs, drinks, and music.
Irrespective of where the people of Hong Kong go on their National Day, happening events and huge crowds ensure that the day is entertaining, memorable and full of fun and relaxation. The day is significant not only for Mainland China but also for the people of Hong Kong. After all, the day marks the country’s win over Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalist forces. They raise the National flag of China for the first time in front of thousands of soldiers and people. The day marks the beginning of China becoming a republic. It is a public holiday in Hong Kong when a person will have plenty of things to do.