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Kung Hei Fat Choy - A Happy New Year

Excitement fills the air as Hong Kong steps out to party.

Amateur film 1937 12 mins Silent


What sets this film apart from other amateur or newsreel films dealing with similar subject matter is its focus on the lead-up to the celebrations as opposed to the spectacle of the Chinese New Year Festival itself. While the firecrackers and dragon dance are striking there is a palpable air of excitement as Hong Kong residents walk through the streets bearing gifts for their family and friends.

The celebrations marked the dawn of the Chinese Year of the Ox, which ran from 11 February 1937 to 30 January 1938.