Monday, 12 November 2012

Hong Kong Festivals - 2012

Hong Kong Post delighted to bring an exciting series of stamps for promote the Hong Kong Festival 2012, issued  a set of four single stamps and one stamp presented in souvenir sheet on May 22, 2012. The issue stamps are depicting  all festivals  of  Hong Kong’s  cultures.


Miniature-Sheet (4)
Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Chinese people believe that on that day,  the moon is the biggest, roundest and brightest.  And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese.
The Moon Festival is a festival for members of a family to get together wherever it is possible.  Sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents' house, typically having dinner together, for a reunion.
ha$1.40 - Tin Hau Festival
Tin Hau Festival falls on the 23rd day of the third month in the lunar calendar. Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, is regarded by fishermen and seafarers as their protector.

Every year, festive celebrations such as parades and lion dance performances are held in various districts in Hong Kong.

The stamp shows a statue of Tin Hau and the fishing boats on parade to pay homage to Tin Hau.

hb$2.40 - Kwun Yum Festival
Kwun Yum Festival falls on the 19th day of the second month in the lunar calendar.

On the festive day, worshippers bring with them longevity noodles, peach-shaped buns and vegetarian foods to temples to make offerings and attend chanting services.

The stamp shows a majestic statue of Kwun Yum and a decorative plaque mounted on scaffolding for Kwun Yum Festival.

hc$3.00 - The Birthday of the Buddha
The 8th day of the fourth month in the lunar calendar is a day to commemorate the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha.

On the festive day, worshippers attend Buddhist celebrations and Buddha bathing ceremonies held at temples. They sprinkle scented flowers and purified water on the statue of Buddha in the hope to cleanse their souls.

The stamp shows a statue of Buddha used in Buddha bathing ceremony and the Tian Tan Buddha located next to the Po Lin Monastery.

hd$5.00 - Tuen Ng Festival
Tuen Ng Festival falls on the 5th day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar to commemorate Qu Yuan, a virtuous official of the Chu State who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River as a final advice offered to the emperor.

Every year, various coastal areas in Hong Kong follow the traditional custom of holding dragon boat races.

Today, the traditional custom has turned into a major sporting event of international interest. The stamp shows the head of a dragon boat and an action shot of a dragon boat race.

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