It is Lunar New Year next week starting on Tuesday the 5th of February.
One time old tradition during new year are the new year fairs popping up around the city.
To be honest I didn’t think that I’d end up there this year. Not feeling as festive as usual, the thought of wading through the crushing crowds wasn’t that inspiring.
Well, that was until this afternoon. Wandering around North Point for some errands, it was hard not too see the masses of people strolling down the street with vibrant flowers and fruit plants, a common scene this time of year. That’s when I thought to myself, why not? Lunar New Year is such a special time of year in Hong Kong, I better lap it up while I still can.
So off I went. Friday afternoon shouldn’t be too busy right? Haha, well not quite, but it was not too bad.
The fair generally has a section with lots of toys, balloons and other novelties. The other major part features flowers and fruit trees. And of course being Hong Kong, there is lots of food.
Even before I got into the market, I was already thinking of one of these….
Hello sweet candied strawberry! On a side note, I find these wooden skewers slightly terrifying considering how crowded the pavement gets, you could take an eye out with it!
Another skewered delight is this-
Yes, that is a pair of crackers on a stick with a toffee like middle. Not as good as my frosty sweet strawberries in my humble opinion, but I still had to have one.
So many snacks!
What I really came for though was to browse the flowers and fruit trees. I Desperately need a bit colour and beauty in my life at the moment and if I am honest, I was compelled to get some flowers, as it has been a tradition I have followed every year since I moved here.
With a modest budget and a habit of killing live plants, I decided selecting some freshly cut flowers would be the safest option. I’m no floral designer but they are looking pretty festive on my cabinet right now.
Happy New Year every one. May it be ever sweet, prosperous and healthy!