After a hiatus of four years due to the pandemic, crowds of Hongkongers and tourists gathered around Victoria Harbour on the second day of the Lunar New Year to witness the much-anticipated return of the traditional fireworks display.
The spectacular event featured eight segments, commencing with a captivating scene titled “The Year of the Dragon”. This opening segment set the tone for the festivities, symbolizing strength, power, and good fortune associated with the auspicious zodiac sign.
The focus then shifted to the auspicious number eight, known for its association with wealth and abundance in Chinese culture. Each segment of the display highlighted different aspects of prosperity and happiness, resonating with the hopes and aspirations of the spectators.
The grand finale, titled “Harvest Drums”, showcased Chinese gold ingots as the centerpiece, symbolizing prosperity and peace in Hong Kong. The imagery of the golden ingots resonated deeply with the audience, evoking a sense of optimism and hope for the future.
The fireworks display commenced at 8 pm and lasted for an exhilarating 23 minutes, captivating the hearts and minds of all who were present. Coordinated by the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau, the event was a testament to the resilience and spirit of the community, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
According to police estimates, over 338,000 people gathered to witness the spectacle, underscoring the significance of the event in bringing together the community and fostering a sense of unity and celebration amidst difficult times.
The revival of the traditional fireworks display has brought joy and excitement to the people of Hong Kong, marking a hopeful start to the new year and signaling a return to cherished traditions and celebrations.