11th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The much-anticipated Lunar New Year Fireworks Display, organized by the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau, dazzled spectators as it unfolded over Victoria Harbour on the evening of the second day of the Lunar New Year. The breathtaking display, which commenced promptly at 8pm, captivated the audience with a symphony of music and an array of vibrant fireworks that painted the sky with a kaleidoscope of colours. The resounding booms of cannons from the ships at sea added to the festive atmosphere, marking the start of a prosperous new year.
As the clock struck 8pm, the magnificent spectacle began, accompanied by a meticulously curated soundtrack. The night sky above Victoria Harbour instantly transformed into a mesmerising tableau of fireworks, captivating the audience who erupted in cheers of joy. Brilliant golden ingots, cascading gold showers, and shimmering golden number 8 fireworks adorned the sky, creating a breathtaking sight that left onlookers awestruck. Many captured this radiant moment with their cameras, while young children, seated on their parent’s shoulders, marvelled at the sparkling patterns that unfolded before their eyes. The police announced that tonight, over 338,000 people gathered on both sides of Victoria Harbour to watch the event.
This year, the Hong Kong Youth Patriotic Education Foundation has been invited as a supporting organisation for the event. Mr. Tam Kam Kau, Chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Association, emphasizes that the fireworks display not only showcases Chinese culture but also adds to the joyful atmosphere of the New Year celebrations. It offers viewers a glimpse of the traditional “Chinese romance” while conveying blessings to all citizens. Mr. Chan Hung To, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display and Hong Kong Youth Patriotic Education Foundation, further emphasised the significance of promoting traditional festivities and engaging the younger generation. In order to infuse the fireworks display with youthful energy, traditional fireworks background music has been complemented with specially curated elements that resonate with the younger audience.
The Fireworks Display event this year brought together esteemed officials and notable personalities as honoured guests, including Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Mr. John Lee Ka-Chiu, and Mrs. Lee; Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Mr. Zheng Yanxiong; Head of the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Mr. Dong Jingwei; Acting Commissioner of the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR, Mr. Li Yongsheng; Political Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, Navy Rear Admiral Lai Ruxin; Chairman of the Hong Kong Celebrations Association, Mr. Tam Kam Kau; Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display and Chairman of the Hong Kong Youth Patriotic Education Foundation, Mr. Chan Hung To; and Chairman of the Hong Kong Celebrations Association Foundation, Mr. Chuang Tze Cheung Christopher.
In his speech at the fireworks display, Chief Executive John Lee expressed that this year’s Lunar New Year is the first Spring Festival in Hong Kong after the city has fully resumed normalcy. The Victoria Harbour Lunar New Year Fireworks Display tonight symbolizes Hong Kong’s soaring and prosperous future in the new year, with blossoming fortune and reaching new heights. He mentioned that the theme of tonight’s fireworks display carries good wishes for the Year of the Dragon, as the dragon represents auspiciousness and vitality. He expressed confidence that Hong Kong will thrive in the Year of the Dragon, leveraging its unique advantages of being backed by the motherland and connected to the world under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems,” shining on the international stage and creating a more prosperous future.
The theme of this year’s fireworks extravaganza was “Year of the Dragon: Prosperity and Strength for All Industries, Flourishing China.” The display, consisting of eight scenes spanning 23 minutes, was launched from three barges, with a combination of festive songs and popular music serving as the backdrop. The first scene, titled “Rising Tigers and Leaping Dragons,” commenced with resounding drums and gongs, followed by lightning-like fireworks that filled the sky. The “Dragon Eggs on Golden Palm Trees” soared and twirled in the air, symbolizing the continuous birth of future generations of dragons.
The second scene, accompanied by the song “Eight Stars Bring Joyous Celebrations,” featured fireworks in the shape of golden and red number 8s, exploding and transforming into dazzling displays. The sky above Victoria Harbour was adorned with a wealth of gold and silver, signifying the prosperity and abundance that awaited the citizens. Additionally, the scene showcased the innovative “Colorful Universe Ball” fireworks, symbolizing boundless possibilities and bringing forth wishes for a prosperous year.
The sixth scene, titled “My Favourite,” showcased a mesmerizing display of “Spiraling Multi-colored Balls” ascending into the night sky. Smiley faces and twin hearts also graced the sky, reminding the people of Hong Kong to slow down, embrace the joys of life, and cherish every moment. The final scene, “Harvest Drums,” marked the climax of the fireworks display. The sky erupted with golden ingot-shaped fireworks and showers of golden rice blooms, symbolizing the continuous flow of wealth and abundance. The grand finale featured an awe-inspiring display of “Mega-sized Brocade Crown” fireworks, creating a jubilant and energetic atmosphere.
With a budget of HK$13 million, this year’s fireworks display was a tribute to the organisers’ commitment to delivering an unforgettable experience for all attendees. The event spanned a vast area, with the display stretching from 175 meters to an impressive 250 meters, ensuring that viewers across Victoria Harbour had an optimal vantage point to witness this breathtaking spectacle.