New Year

Way too early to tell but so far, so good

A day after U.S. lawmakers reached a last minute agreement to avert the fiscal cliff, stocks surged as traders around the globe felt renewed confidence over global markets. Photo: AFP

It may end in the number "13", and heaven forfend that we tempt fate, but can't you just feel the love as everyone gets back to work in a year off to a wonderful start?

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 4:20am

It's a boy! First baby of 2013 born at St Teresa's Hospital

Proud parents Stephen Chan and Carrie Leung with their newborn baby and two other sons Rameses (left) and Raphael. Photo: David Wong

For the second time in five years, Hong Kong's new year baby was born to local parents instead of mainlanders who have been coming here to give birth.

The cry of a newborn boy pierced the air at St Teresa's Hospital 25 minutes after midnight yesterday - marking the arrival of the city's first baby of 2013.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Hongkongers hope for peace in 2013 after year of scandal

Fireworks light up the sky over the harbour last night, part of a HK$12 million, eight-minute extravaganza that was held in Wan Chai for the first time rather than Central. Photo: Sam Tsang

Common ground, peace and freedom of speech and assembly are what many Hongkongers are wishing for in 2013 after a tumultuous year of scandals, controversy and political rhetoric.

"We need to find common ground between the people and the government," said Rockson Chan Lok-sang, a 21-year-old architecture student who was counting down at Times Square with over 100,000 people.

7 Jan 2013 - 12:23pm

Briefs, January 1, 2013

The government and ethnic Kachin rebels are blaming each other for a surge in fighting in northern Myanmar, with the government denying it carried out air attacks on rebel-held territory. President's office director Major Zaw Htay said yesterday that helicopters and jets alleged by the Kachin to have carried out attacks in recent days were supplying government units whose access to supplies by road had been cut off by the Kachin Independence Army. The government says the surge in fighting followed the December 24 destruction of a power pylon by the rebels.

1 Jan 2013 - 6:15am

New Year merrymakers confident of safety on board ferries

Alvin Chan, nine, dons a life jacket as part of stricter rules for all children ahead of his harbour outing to view fireworks. Photo: David Wong

People taking boat trips to watch the New Year fireworks last night said they were not worried about their safety as the Marine Department stepped up checks after the fatal National Day ferry disaster.

As hundreds of people waited for their boats at the Tsim Sha Tsui pier, marine traffic built up. One public ferry slowed to avoid leisure boats on a busy route.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:20am

Safety the priority as we celebrate the new year

Safety first as we see in new year

Hong Kong ushers in the new year with spectacular fireworks and street parties tonight. Like elsewhere in the world, hundreds of thousands of revellers will be taking to the streets for various countdown activities. With the town bustling with celebrations and everyone overwhelmed with joy, it is easy to lower one's guard and put fun ahead of personal safety.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

New Year's resolutions: how to make them stick

Yan Kam-wah and wife Lai Hoi-yan with baby daughter Tsz-wan and twin sons Ching-wai (left) and Tsz-yu (right). Photo: SCMP

The close of a year is typically the cue to review the ups and downs of the past 12 months, rearrange priorities and make some New Year's resolutions in the hope of doing better.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:59pm

Huge crowds expected for New Year's Eve fireworks

New Year's Eve 2012 fireworks over Kowloon. Photo: Edward Wong

Police are bracing for about 100,000 people to flock to the Victoria Harbour waterfront to watch the New Year’s Eve countdown fireworks display on Monday, they said on Thursday.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:25pm 1 comment

Countdown to love

For many people, New Year's Eve is the most exciting day of the year. Mix that excitement with the energy and dazzling lights of New York and you've got the setting for director Garry Marshall's film, New Year's Eve.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Memorable New Year moments

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Perhaps, but sometimes the strangest and most unusual New Years are also the most memorable. So, for auld lang syne, we took a cup of kindness to some of our favourite local personalities and asked them to share their standout New Year events with us.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Festival of Lights

KGV students add special meaning to Diwali

The night will be lit up on Diwali - India's most celebrated festival - which takes place on November 9 this year.

Teenagers have an extra reason to celebrate this year, as there's a ball planned just for them. But there is a serious purpose behind the fun, as all proceeds will be donated to charity.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Millennium firework fizzer

I was perplexed by Anson Chan Fang On-sang's remarks regarding the Government's decision not to stage any public fireworks on New Year's Eve, saying that 'the SAR should not be a copycat'.

4 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

$8m on fireworks

The $8 million fireworks and laser display to celebrate Lunar New Year has been given the final go-ahead. Fears that the laser show might interfere with air traffic were allayed.

24 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Revellers unite for New Year

A glitzy Auld Lang Syne was hailed at the Grand Hyatt this New Year, with Hong Kong's finest gathering to toast 1997.

More than 480 revelled to the tune of Tony Carpio's 22-piece band after enjoying a six-course dinner.

Among the merry-makers were Stanley Ho, William Doo, Andrew and Yvette Yuen, Louis Chiu and Magdalena Lee.

6 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

In the pink and ready for the rat

Not-so-delicate flower . . . a worker ensures the sturdiness of a peach blossom lighting decoration being erected on the pedestrian walkway straddling Swire House and Alexandra House in Central.

8 Feb 1996 - 12:00am