Hong Kong, the figure who visits children is known as Lan Khoong
or Dun Che Lao Ren. There are church services given in Chinese
as well as English. Children send Christmas cards depicting
the Holy Family in a Chinese setting. Public areas are decorated
with Nativities, poinsettias, streamers, and paper chains.
Here are some photos of the 2005 Christmas season in Hong Kong (click to enlarge):
A boy goes up to a Christmas tree made of 4,500 cans of preserved food, on show at the Hong Kong International Christmas Fair, on Saturday, Nov. 26 2005. The tree was built over four days by 10 people and organizers said it's the first of its kind in Asia. (AP Photo/Lo Sai Hung)
Hong Kong actress Michelle Lee poses with Santa Claus and a man in a Reindeer outfit during a Christmas event at a shopping mall in Hong Kong November 24, 2005. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed up in their winter finery, sing with the children at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Tuesday Nov. 22, 2005. This year, Disneyland celebrates its first Christmas season in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Here are some photos of Christmas, 2004 in Hong Kong (click to enlarge):
Thank you to Madeline Chan for sharing her Hong Kong Christmas photos with the Kids Corner!
China, it's mainly Christians who celebrate Christmas, although
the commercial aspect of the holiday is spreading. For everyone
else, the Chinese New Year is the big event of the season.
1. Make paper lanterns to decorate your house.
2. Set up a Tree of Light, or Christmas tree, and adorn it with
paper chains, paper flowers and paper lanterns. These trees
are usually artificial.
3. Help your children hang muslin stockings to be filled with
4. Expect Dun Che Lao Ren, or Christmas Old Man, to visit.
5. Participate in local festivals (like Hong Kong's Ta Chiu
festival), which happen in many parts of China. They may or
may not be directly associated with Christmas.
6. Go to church if this religious tradition is an important
part of your Christmas celebration. Midnight Mass is popular
with the small Catholic population.
7. Prepare for the Chinese New Year, officially called the Spring
Festival, which marks the beginning of the new Chinese calendar
8. Buy your children new clothes and toys for the occasion.
9. Understand that it's appropriate to honor your ancestors
during the New Year's celebration; hang portraits in your home
of relatives from past generations.
10. Display bowls of oranges and tangerines, which symbolize
wealth and good fortune.
Give friends and relatives red envelopes containing lucky money
as a gift for the Chinese New Year.
Only a small part of the Chinese population is Christian, as
Christianity is not an officially sanctioned religion in China.