Lunar New Year

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urges locals to preserve Lunar New Year traditions

City’s leader gives fifth and final festive address

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 January, 2017, 4:55pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 January, 2017, 1:14pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged Hongkongers to preserve the traditional culture of celebrating the Lunar New Year in his fifth and final televised festive address.

Sticking to tradition, the one-minute clip was filmed in Government House, the chief executive’s residence.

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“Among the many festivals in Hong Kong, I like Chinese New Year the most because it has the strongest festive atmosphere,” Leung said. He was joined by his wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yi.

“To celebrate the festival, we visit Lunar New Year fairs, do festive shopping and prepare red packets, snack boxes and new year cakes and puddings together with our families,” he said.

As with previous years, Leung invited a group of teenagers to his home. This year the students were from schools run by charity Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

“We met last year during a fundraising dinner at Government House ... their vitality and energy left a deep impression on me,” Leung wrote on his blog.

Apart from taking selfies, Leung and the students learned Chinese paper cutting from Li Yunxia, a well-known artist from Shaanxi province who moved to the city in 2002.

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“My mum used to try out the art during Lunar New Year in the past. Her skills were not as refined as [Li’s], but still required infinite patience and focus,” Leung wrote.

“Leading a busy life, some Hong Kong people, especially young people, prefer to do less for Chinese New Year celebrations,” he went on to say in his speech.

“Despite being an international city, Hong Kong should definitely preserve the Chinese New Year traditions. They represent the inheritance of traditional Chinese culture and are part of our culture.”

“Therefore, I hope that they can be passed on from generation to generation to highlight Hong Kong’s characteristics as a melting pot of Chinese and Western cultures.”

Leung also revealed on his blog that he had visited the Lunar New Year fair in Sha Tin on Thursday.