To celebrate Chinese New Year…

There are many traditional ways to celebrate Chinese New Year… We have a lot of New Year dishes, married couples or elders give lucky money to the kids or younger generation. When we were young, we could set off firecrackers.  However, for safety reason, Hong Kong government has banned firecrackers during mid-70s.  In recent years, we have firework to kick off the year on the second day of the New Year.  It’s also a way to attract tourists to visit Hong Kong…

Happy New Year!!!
Happy New Year!!!

 

 

More photos are available in the following blogs…

https://celestablog.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/chinese-new-year-firework/

End of a Chapter… Ready for the Next?

After 75 days occupying the areas around the Government office, the Hong Kong police finally had the guts to tidy up the situation yesterday… Around 200 people were arrested. Everything was done peacefully.  This so-called Umbrella Movement has finished it’s first chapter.  However, the spirit of driving true democracy is spreading strongly among people in Hong Kong in particular the young ones.  They have to fight for their future…  Getting ready for the next chapter!

 

Related blog on this Umbrella Movement:

https://celesta2014.wordpress.com/lion-rock-the-spirit-of-hong-kong-people/

https://celesta2014.wordpress.com/small-but-strong-umbrella-movement-in-hong-kong/

Small but Strong… Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

Small but strong
Small but Strong

This picture was taken on the flyover in Central district near the Government Office in Hong Kong…  As of today, the area has been occupied by people, mostly students in Hong Kong for 58 days.  In the first day of the occupation, our Hong Kong Police used 87 tear bombs to stop this happening.  The people had no preparation for this attack and the only things they had on hand were umbrellas.  They used umbrellas to protect themselves and stopped the police.  That’s why it’s known as the Umbrella Movement. The main goal is to ask for true democracy so that people in Hong Kong can have the right to vote for their leaders.

Somebody put this cactus on the flyover…   The paper yellow umbrella symbolizes the movement…  The thorn of the cactus and the pavement of flyover tell us that this movement is not easy and it will have a long long way to go…

However, I treasure this moment because I see hope in Hong Kong…  The students are our future and I support and respect their spirit to voice out their thoughts, their needs, their wills for true democracy!

Go for it…  Never give up…  You are small but you are definitely STRONG!!!

 

 

 

 

Lion Rock: The Spirit of Hong Kong People

Hong Kong is now known as one of the financial centers in the world…  However, during the 60’s and 70’s, when people in Hong Kong were just recovered from the World War II and the Chinese Revolution, people worked very hard days and nights to survive, to climb up step by step from below the line to middle classes, to equip for opportunities…

Lion Rock is a mountain in Northern Kowloon, right before we head up to the New Territories.  There was a famous pop song “Under the Lion Rock” which described how people in Hong Kong struggled and succeeded in those good old days. Since then, the Lion Rock becomes the symbol of the Spirit of Hong Kong people.

Lion Rock - Symbol for the Spirit of Hong Kong people during 70's
Lion Rock – Symbol for the Spirit of Hong Kong people during 70’s

This photo was taken on late October.  There was a banner stating the requirement of the Umbrella Movement.  This banner was removed by the government within 24 hours.  What is this Umbrella Movement?  This is a long story, but to cut it short, its driven by Hong Kong students to fight for true democracy…  The movement is still on…