Friday, February 04, 2011

Chinese New Year 2

There were lots of people at the 賀歲花車巡遊 last evening, the first day of the Chinese New Year.  Earlier this morning, when I went out running, big crowds converged on the Avenue of Stars on this second day of the new year.  Later this evening, fireworks would certainly attract big crowds again.  It certainly looks like a festive Chinese New Year. People celebrate by buying, eating, going out, watching shows, taking trips, spending money. 

Personally, I enjoy more the scene of fishing boats filling up the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter.  Many fishermen take time off from their work, and anchor their boats in the shelter, making it much more packed than usual.  I have seen some of these boats working strenuously in the waters near Hong Kong.  Now they are all peaceful and quiet.

One can also see families gathering together on their boats, to play and eat.  On the one hand, it is an obligation to visit ones’ relatives at Chinese New Year, taking quite a bit of time and energy.  On the other hand, it feels good to see them again.  We used to see each other much more often when we were kids.  Now, because of the pressure of life, we hardly see each other during the year.  It is good to catch up with happenings in their families, to reconnect.  And often, I would be presently surprised by how interesting their lives are. 


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