The Spring Lantern Festival marks the first full moon of the lunar calendar, and the last day of the almost two-week-long Chinese New Year celebrations.
This ancient tradition of lantern making goes back thousands of years, using natural materials such as bamboo, wheat, paper and silk. Over time the art form flourished, with lanterns becoming more intricate, as well as bigger and more inventive.
The lanterns can take any shape, and as 2020 is the Year of the Ox, you can definitely expect to see some bovine lanterns displayed prominently. Other auspicious symbols are goldfish, fruit, and, of course, dragons, as a symbol of power and strength.
The lantern carnival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui is, of course, the most popular one, both due to its easy access, and because of its prime location right on Victoria Harbour.
Entrance to all the lantern carnivals is free to the public.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.