Lunar New Year 2013
Lunar New Year 2013 takes place on Sunday, February 10. It is based on cycles of the lunar phase and for the Chinese it is also known as the 'Spring Festival'. Chinese New Year celebrations begin the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day and provide an opportunity for families to get together for dinner. Food will include pork, duck, chicken and sweet delicacies and the family will end the night by setting off firecrackers. This year (2013) is the year of the snake.
Fortune stick warns of political, economic challenges
The Year of the Snake could be a bad one for Hong Kong, according to a stick drawn in a Taoist fortune-telling ceremony on Monday morning.
Lau Wong-fat, chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk, drew a stick of the worst category at Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin.
Sticks of the same category were drawn in 2003, when Hong Kong was inflicted with severe acute respiratory syndrome, and in 2009, when it was hit by the global financial turmoil.
The stick, number 95, describes a person who leaves home in a glamorous horse cart but returns in bare feet. The last two lines of the verse say: “Is it that [the person] is not as capable as the others? It also looks like [he] has lost all his money in business.”
Lau tried to put a positive face on it, saying, “An unlucky stick could be good, too.” It’s nothing to be worried about, he added.
He refused to venture an interpretation of who the “wicked people” were.
Wan Ka-cheung, a fortune teller invited by the kuk to interpret the stick, said Hong Kong would do well if the city’s leader paid more attention to the public’s demands.
But another fortune teller at the temple, Chu Ling-ling, said the stick meant uncertainties would trouble the economy. The horse cart mentioned in the verse was a reference to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was born in the Year of the Horse, she said.
There will be political turmoil, and although Leung will not fare too badly in the first half of the Year of the Snake, he could face trouble towards the end of it.