Weddings soar in Year of the Dragon

The coming Year of the Dragon will be busy with weddings, buoyed by fung shui predictions that the lunar year is a prime time to tie the knot, industry insiders say.

And related businesses can expect to do a roaring trade on December 12, or 12/12/12.

Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am

The high point of the summer

Strange as it may sound, there is a connection between the summer solstice and honeymoons.

The longest day

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Time to see the light

Last week, thousands of people around the globe celebrated the summer solstice, which marks the start of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

28 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Sun days

You may have noticed that Chinese solar months start at some point between the fourth and eighth day of a Western month. For instance, the ninth solar month of the Chinese calendar (the Month of the Dog) starts on October 8 and runs until November 6. This is dictated by the use of the 24 solar terms or jie chi in fung shui calculations.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

University introduces 3-term year

Sun Yat-sen University will switch to a three-term school year when the new academic year begins in September.

The university is the first institute in Guangdong to adopt the policy.

According to the university, the three terms will consist of an 18-week autumn semester, an 18-week spring semester and a four-week semester.

16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


University instructors are not of the same calibre as professors

As a graduate student, the City University instructors' contract renewal debacle has compelled me to share my perspective on this matter.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

New eras

The Lunar New Year is also known in Putonghua as Yuan Duan, which means beginning and morning. Thus, the new moon in the first lunar month of the year heralds a new cycle, starting at dawn. It is known as Chun Jie or the Spring Festival and brings renewed hope for a bountiful spring, especially after a long or harsh winter.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Wedded bliss on the calendar in 'double spring' lunar year

The lunar year ahead will be an auspicious time to get married because it contains two days marking the start of spring.

But those involved in the wedding business doubt that they will gain much benefit from it, because people tend to spend less money in uncertain economic times.

25 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Let's call it a day

Anyone suggesting that the United Nations is a bloated, money-wasting beast with no clear co-ordination or direction need only look at the calendar for confirmation. Littered throughout the year are 70 days and four weeks proclaimed by its highest body, the General Assembly, to highlight issues of global concern. There are so many that the worth of the exercise is denigrated.

17 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Lai See

At Ponte 16, Stanley Ho sings of vitality and being prepared

The hills are alive with the sound of ... gambling. Or so a speech by casino magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun marking the grand opening of his Ponte 16 resort seemed to suggest.

5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Solar power

While the Lunar New Year, which marks the start of Chinese New Year, falls on February 18 this time around, astrologers and fung shui masters use the Solar New Year for calculations and to demarcate the new year. It generally falls on today's date and this year it starts at 1.14pm.

4 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

The days of our lives

A year can be based on the Earth's path around the Sun: a trip that scientists calculate takes 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. But it doesn't have to be.

The Chinese calendar, invented by the Yellow Emperor in 2637BC, is lunisolar, with years calculated according to our path around the Sun but with months following the phases of the moon.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Forget the weeds, focus on the crop

The school year is dead: long live the school year. All over Hong Kong students and teachers are preparing for a new start. Spring is in the academic air.

28 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Couple defies superstition to take great leap forward

For the superstitious, yesterday was a good day to avoid making any life-altering decision. But photographer Lau Wei-kit and firefighter Phyllis Wong Shan-shan thought it was an ideal opportunity to beat the crowds and tie the knot at the City Hall Registry.

The couple is already planning massive anniversary celebrations every four years.

1 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Cause to celebrate for February 29 babies and women keen to wed

That extra day means it's time for men to receive marriage proposals and employees to endure another shift

This year is a leap year - a Gregorian invention in which an extra day is added to the calendar to synchronise it with the season

15 Jan 2004 - 12:00am