Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is a commemoration of the day when Britain return the sovereignty of Hong Kong to China and the founding of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 1 July 1997. Since then, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is observed annually as one of public holidays in Hong Kong.

When is Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day 2014?
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 2014 falls on Tuesday, 1 July 2014.

The Origin of Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day
British once had taken over Hong Kong’s territories from China through three separate treaties in 1842, 1860, and 1989. British then handed over Hong Kong back to China through Hong Kong handover ceremony televised internationally on the night of 30 June 1997 until 1 July 1997.

A bill to commemorate the date of Hong Kong handover to China as a public holiday in Hong Kong was submitted in 1997. The government of Hong Kong then decided July 1 as a public holiday in addition to the current holidays regulated in the Holidays Ordinance of Hong Kong. This public holiday marks the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China with “one country, two systems” principle.

Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day 2014 Celebration
During Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, a huge fireworks display is usually arranged in Victoria Harbor. Many people take part in an official flag-raising ceremony displaying the symbol of Hong Kong and People’s Republic of China. Traditional arts such as dragon dance and drumming performance also enliven the atmosphere of Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day.

Happy Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 2014!