logo
The Best Of Hong Kong
Lifestyle News
By Yannie Chan | February 2nd, 2016

And so the yearly traditions begin…

1. Growing up, one of the absolute perks of Chinese New Year is being allowed to eat candies first thing you wake up. It’s good luck!

Candies as breakfast YAS. Credit: giphy.com
Candies as breakfast YAS. Credit: giphy.com

2. And of course, the “candy box 全盒” preparation beforehand: shopping for your favorite sweets, and then piling them into the candy box on the very night before CNY.

What's not to like? Credit: wikipedia.org
What’s not to like? Credit: wikipedia.org

3. You hold a “watermelon seeds 瓜子” contest with your siblings or parents. The one who cracks 10 seeds the quickest wins.

We take the watermelon seed contest very seriously. Credit: fuckyeahreactionface.tumblr.com
We take the watermelon seed contest very seriously. Credit: fuckyeahreactionface.tumblr.com

4. When your parents ask you to help them fill red packets with banknotes, you double check each lai see so you’re totally sure you didn’t miss any.

Careful, careful. Credit: reddit.com
Careful, careful. Credit: reddit.com

5. Three days of subsisting mostly on the endless supply of CNY cakes: turnip, yam and year cakes.

It's all about that cake during CNY. Credit: wikipedia.org
It’s all about cake during CNY. Credit: wikipedia.org

6. When you visit your relatives and all you can think about is WHEN WILL THEY TAKE OUT THE CANDY BOX?!!

Chop chop. Credit: televisionwithoutpity.tumblr.com
Chop chop. Credit: televisionwithoutpity.tumblr.com

7. Marveling at all the relatives that seem to magically appear only during Chinese New Year. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE??

We're related??? Credit: reddit.com
Wait, we’re related??? Credit: reddit.com

8. Answering questions about school, work and your future for the 100th time.

Bring it on. Credit: giphy.com
Bring it on. Credit: giphy.com

9. And the worst of all: “When are you getting married? Why aren’t you bringing your boyfriend?”

Not really your business? Credit: joonies.com
Not really your business? Credit: joonies.com

10. It’s all worth it, because LAI SEE MONEY.

Heeeeee. Credit: happy35thbirthdaykimk.tumblr.com
Drinks on me. Credit: happy35thbirthdaykimk.tumblr.com

11. But if you have siblings — it’s a shitshow when your red packet money does not match up.

Not fair! Credit: reactionsgif.com
Not fair! Credit: reactionsgif.com