Holiday happiness

Holiday happiness

Kung hei fat choi! We asked our readers what they liked best about the Lunar New Year holidays; here are the best answers ...

1.You're so punny

Believe it or not, my favourite part of Lunar New Year is getting to make lame festive puns in English and Chinese. For example, it is my hope that people will get off their high horses and start being a bit more sheepish about things this lunar year!

Cynthia Huang, 15, Chinese International School

2.I'm a firestarter

Going to visit my grandparents on the mainland and being able to legally set off explosives on the street at midnight. I love the process of lighting the fuse, running for your life, and watching (from a safe distance) as the fireworks light up the night, and maybe even set a bush or two on fire. Isn't it a shame we can't do that in Hong Kong?

Catherine Wang, 15, Chinese International School

3.Food and friendliness

The food and the gifts of money are both amazing, but the one thing that really makes Lunar New Year special for me is the spirit. There's a unique sense of liveliness and unity to this season. But the food is seriously amazing though, especially nian gao.

Kelly Wing, 15, Canadian International School

4.Money money money

The lai see which allows me to buy whatever I want. What a great start to the (Lunar) New Year!

Helen Wong, 15, Sha Tin College

5.Give me my chocolate

Lunar New Year means a huge food expo. Pistachio nuts, taro cakes and Ferrero Rocher are my favourites during the holiday. But it can be hard to buy the Ferrero Rocher with so many parallel traders competing for them!

Katniss Tsang Wing-yu, 14, Carmel Secondary School

6.New year, new clothes

The best thing about Lunar New Year is buying new clothes. I am always too busy with my schoolwork so I never have the time to shop for new shirts and stuff. Lunar New Year is the best excuse to take a break, relax and go shopping!

Tinki Leung, 15, Maryknoll Convent School

7.Putting a spring in my step

It's got to be the beautiful weather. Also known as the Spring Festival, Lunar New Year brings warm, sunny weather with a crisp winter breeze. It is not too humid, so we get to enjoy the perfect balance of summer and winter.

Joy Pamnani, 16, PLK Ngan Po Ling College

8.A friendly gesture

Not being Chinese, I'd definitely say receiving lai see, especially from friendly strangers around Hong Kong. They greet you with a smile and hand you a red packet. As a foreigner, it's the best feeling ever. Even my parents don't give me any money for Lunar New Year!

Snehaa Senthamilselvan Easwari , 14, South Island School

9.Show me the money

Those colourful red packets, definitely. I receive a lot of lai see as I have a large family. During the Lunar New Year holidays, family gatherings are very important, but not as important as the "free money" we receive!

Lyndon Fan, 14, HKUGA College

10.Soaking in the culture

There's no one particular thing I like best about the Lunar New Year, but the two week-long break we get is a great time to learn about Chinese culture and traditions. Of course, red packets, the huge feast and seeing children wearing adorable cheongsams are a plus.

Ashmi Ghhondey, 16, St Margaret's Girls' College

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Holiday happiness


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