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Traditional Beliefs

Chinese tradition is respected and upheld in Hong Kong. "Fengshui" and fortune telling are really popular with Hong Kong people.

Traditional Chinese festivals have also been maintained in Hong Kong. There are five major festivals: the Lunar New Year, Ching Ming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival,The Mid-Autumn Festival and Chung Yeung.

The Lunar New Year is the most important of all the festivals. Gifts and visits are exchanged among friends and relatives, and children receive "lucky money".

During the Ching Ming Festival in Spring, ancestral graves are visited.

In early Summer, the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated with dragon boat races and by eating cooked glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves.

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Gifts of mooncakes, wine and fruit are exchanged, and adults and children go into parks and the countryside at night with colourful lanterns.

Chung Yeung is on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, when many visit their ancestors' graves or hike up mountains in remembrance of an ancient Chinese family's escape from plague and death by fleeing to a mountain top.

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