Tuesday, October 01, 2013

It's celebration time in China!

Most of the festivals in China are calculated by the lunar calendar.  The Chinese New Year for example, usually falls between the months of January and February of the solar year. But, there are also some of the major annual celebrations, following the Solar Calendar. In the Months of September and October, we had two major celebrations in China.
Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival. This year, it was held on September 19

The Mid-Autumn Festival turns Hong Kong into an enchanting world of fiery dragons, ancient lanterns and modern light shows!
During this ancient Chinese festival, Asia’s world city pays homage to its roots, a bygone era when farmers thanked the moon god for bountiful harvests.
In true Hong Kong spirit, age-old tradition and innovation rub shoulders for a fun-filled family week.

The China National Day 
National Day is celebrated every year on October 1st. It marks the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949 and is celebrated throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

In Hong Kong, celebrations have been held since 1997, the year of the handover of the territory from British hands to China. The festivities include a host of activities such as Flag Raising Ceremonies and Parades, but the main show-stealer is without a doubt the magnificent fireworks display in Victoria Harbour.

The Eucharistic ministers of St. Benedict Church, Hong Kong made use of the Holiday to organize a pilgrimage to Shenzhen.

The Bao’an Catholic Church, also known as Church of Jesus the King [耶稣君王堂] is located in Bao’an district 71, near the Shenzhen-Guangzhou Highway in Shenzhen.
The construction of the Church was started from August 2008 and finished in November 2010. It is a five-storey building with a Gothic facade. Between the twin-spire, there stands a copper statue of Christ the King, opening his arms to bless the worshipers.
The total area of the church is 2735 square meters, and the height of the twin-spire is 64 meters. Before 1949, the Catholic churches in Shenzhen was under the jurisdiction of Diocese of Hong Kong.
But today, Catholic churches in Shenzhen are managed by Diocese of Beijing and the priests are appointed by Beijing.

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