Lunar New Year

Dennis Goodboy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am


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New year's greetings, Puppyteers! I hope all of you are ready for the Year of the Dragon and all the exciting challenges it may throw at you.

The Lunar New Year is one of my favourite holidays. Being the Young Post mascot is great, because I get to spend time with several team members and their friends and families. I'm hoping to have dinner with Joyee's family (and hopefully persuade her to bake some non-traditional New Year's cupcakes), go on a hike with Hei, and visit relatives with Chris (I hope I get some red envelopes!).

Leon has promised to take me to his relatives to play mahjong (paying my way with lovely holiday sweets), and Karly says she'll take me to eat Mongolian BBQ (OK, not strictly traditional!) one night. I'm going to be one stuffed pup!

The second day of the new year is said by some to be a celebration of all dogs' birthdays, so I've been whining and pawing and making puppy dog eyes at Sue for the best part of a week in the hopes that she will bake me a steak pie or chocolate fudge cake! I know Team YP will all want to celebrate my special day ?
With all these festive days, meals to digest and lai see to count, it's easy to forget about those who won't have such an enjoyable few days. Not everyone can afford to buy new clothes, hold massive feasts or go out to fancy restaurants. Spare a thought for them and think of ways to help them.

It might be that you can donate some of your lai see to a local charity. Maybe you can ask your family to eat at a restaurant that supports Foodlink, a charity that redistributes excess food. Go through your wardrobe and give away clothes that you no longer wear or you've outgrown. And if you have elderly relatives who don't have immediate family in Hong Kong, try to include a visit to them when you're out.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday and a wonderful Year of the Dragon. Kung Hei Fat Choi!