Sunday, February 18, 2007

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Happy Chinese New Year.

Kung Hei Fat Choi is the traditional Chinese (Cantonese) greeting for the Chinese New Year. In keeping with tradition we spent the day visiting relatives, giving and receiving Lai See packets (red envelopes containing new bank notes) and eating (including traditional foods such as turnip cake). Over the next three days we will also get to see a great fireworks display over Victoria Harbour (as well as a few less spectacular illegal ones in other parts of Hong Kong if we wished), watch dragon dances and eat more than is good for us.

This year is the year of the pig, which is supposed to symbolise wealth and prosperity.

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