Foreign consul generals in Hong Kong and Macau and the British Prime Minister have have made video messages in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The US consulate general continued its tradition of making short videos for the festive season.

In this year’s video, Consul General Kurt Tong found all his staff members frozen ahead of the Year of the Rooster. He later received a heavenly message from the goddess Kwun Yam suggesting that the naughty Monkey – the zodiac animal for this lunar year – had frozen everyone by touching their pressure points.

Tong found the rooster by following Kwun Yam’s instructions and woke everyone up from the monkey’s spell. Then, staff members all sang to wish everyone a happy new year.

The Canadian consulate published a video filmed during a new year staff gathering with its top diplomat Jeff Nankivell speaking in Cantonese, English and French.

“Since taking up my post as consul general of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao five months ago, I have been so delighted and I am so grateful at the support and welcome that I received from our amazing Canadian community and from the wonderful people of Hong Kong and Macao,” he said.

He and the staff members of the consulate wished Hong Kong people good fortune, health, luck, and happiness for the new year in Cantonese.

The Portuguese consul general posted a video in not-so-fluent Cantonese last Saturday, wishing people in each of the SARs a good new year, while often reading from a script.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, appeared in a video focused on discussing the relationship between the UK and China.

“I want to send my best wishes to everyone in Britain, China and around the world celebrating Chinese New Year.”

“From the fairs in Beijing, to the fireworks in Hong Kong and the parades here in London, families and communities will come together and look to the year ahead – the Year of the Rooster.”

She wished everyone a happy new year in Mandarin.


Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.