Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Off to a Roaring Start

The second day of the Year of the Dragon was quite busy and it included the superstitious heading to temples to see what kind of year it would be for them.

At Che Kung Temple, Lau Wong-fat, chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk picked one for Hong Kong. He shook a round container of sticks each with different numbers on it. He shook it until one bamboo stick fell out.

It was number 29, which is considered average, neither lucky nor unlucky.

Accompanying the stick is a poem that literally read: "It might be difficult to differentiate a god from an evil ghost, but there will be little danger of the sky and earth not knowing out how to make it out eventually."

A fung shui master said the poem implied that Hong Kong would encounter a lot of falsehood and gossip in 2012.

When asked if the fortune was related to the upcoming Chief Executive election, Lau said, "It seems so."

"The public should recognize what is right and wrong, black and white," Lau said, but he would not say which of the three candidates -- Henry Tang Ying-yen, Leung Chun-ying or Albert Ho Chun-yan -- was the "god" and which was the "evil ghost".

So folks, in the Year of the Dragon, don't speculate or spread rumours and we should be OK.

Later in the evening the city was treated to a blazing display of fireworks that are always set off on the second day of the lunar new year traditionally to scare away the evil spirits.

We weren't sure if it would be a good show because it was overcast with showers on and off all day. But miraculously by 8pm the skies had cleared up.

There were the usual giant explosions in various colours, even happy faces and swirls. The best part of course is the finale when practically all the fireworks are set off at once.

While there were four barges in Victoria Harbour, for some reason one of them failed to set off in the beginning and then it seemed to catch up -- until the 23-minute show was over and it continued detonating its charges. As a result people got an extra minute or so of fireworks fun.

We'll find out tomorrow what the total bill was for the fireworks, but it was sponsored this year by the Wan Chai and Central & Western District Industries and Commerce Association.

As people here say, fireworks are like "burning money", however it's a good show all round for everyone to watch in person or on TV.

It sure beats China where people set off their own firecrackers creating a horrible mess of red paper everywhere and not to mention the annual stories about children and adults who lose eyes and limbs from playing with firecrackers and fireworks...

1 comment:

  1. who can read the crystal ball ? whatever will be will be.