14th January 2021 – (Hong Kong) The epidemic in Hong Kong continues, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that Hong Kong people need to spend the Lunar New Year in peace and tranquillity. It is understood that due to the impact of the epidemic, the fireworks display over Victoria Harbour on the second day of the Lunar New Year will be suspended this year.
Sources familiar with the matter said that in view of the epidemic, no organisation or enterprise was willing to “take a risk” to sponsor the fireworks display. According to sources, the Hong Kong government will announce the official cancellation of the fireworks display on the second day of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year fireworks display was first held in 1982. It is currently coordinated by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. In 2018, it was cancelled for the first time due to the fatal Tai Po bus accident. In 2020, it was cancelled due to the anti-extradition movement.
In 2021, the Hong Kong government once again will cancel the fireworks based on “safety considerations.”