9 reasons why Chinese New Year is the best

We all have mixed feelings about Chinese New Year, but if you think about it, it's actually pretty great

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Let's see, when else do we get cash just for showering our relatives with blessings and good wishes? If this isn't the highlight of your holidays, you live a charmed life.

ALL the food

Turnip cake, nin gou, pork, chicken, veggies, sweets ... oooooh! The sweets! What a feast to start the year with!

Dinner with family

Of course, the food at these annual "reunion dinners" are great, but the other big draw is the company. Finally, you get to see and catch up with family members who may be too busy thoughout the year to make an appearance at other family dinners, which makes this one literally a once-a-year event. 

On holiday now, school, byeeee

Unless you actually like school, you'll love this. And even if you do, it's nice to have a break once in a while. 

Lion dance

One of the most colourful Chinese traditions of Chinese New Year, (literally, because the costumes are supposed to draw the eye) the lion dance is an essential part of the festive atmosphere that heralds the start of a new year. If you hear the music and gongs on the street, consider slowing down to enjoy the show.

We did it!

Hey, you survived one more year of getting older. Congrats.

Spectacular! Spectacular!

One of the big events Hong Kong hosts to celebrate a new year is the annual televised parade. With its beautiful floats, dazzling shows and talented performers, it's a spectacle not to be missed. Or, at least, it's good background noise for the family as you all sit around patting your food baby. 

Flower market

Whatever your heart's desire, there's probably a blossom that symbolises it. Grab your family, or a few friends who need a break from their families too, and head out for a stroll through the colourful and vibrant flower market. Return home with a bouquet that attracts good fortune, and your absence will likely be excused. 

If you missed Valentines day the Chinese New Year flower market is a place to make it up.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Wishing tree

What better time than a long weekend to go out of your way to visit some of our city's local attractions? Head over to the wishing tree in Lam Tsuen to make a wish. It's said to be very effective ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Making wishes is not just for birthdays and shooting stars.
Photo: David Wong/SCMP

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