Foreign consulates in Hong Kong have wished residents a happy Year of the Pig in a series of Cantonese-language video clips.

Consulate General Year of the Pig
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French Consul General Alexandre Giorgini said it was his first Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, as he went out to buy decorations for the festival season.

Giorgini showed interest in a portrait of Kwan Kung, who a passer-by introduced as an ancient Chinese general known for bravery and protection. In turn, he introduced Napoleon – a French general turned emperor.

“I hope you will all be protected by Kwan Kung and Napoleon this year,” he said. “I wish you an auspicious and healthy Year of the Pig.”

Lunar New Year Greetings 2019 – French Consulate

祝大家豬年吉祥,身體健康,恭喜發財!🐷🧧Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig!

Posted by Consulat Général de France à Hong Kong et Macao on Friday, 1 February 2019

Canadian Consul General Jeff Nankivell cooked Canadian products for his colleagues in his video. But as he finished, his staff told him that they were vegetarian.

Nankivell said it was not a problem as Canada is an inclusive and diverse country with vegetarian pork products on offer: “We wish all of you a prosperous and healthy Year of the Pig,” he said.

Happy Year of the Pig!

The Consulate General of Canada wishes everyone a happy and healthy Year of the Pig! 🐷加拿大駐港澳總領事館仝人祝大家諸事順利豬籠入水身體健康恭喜發財 !Canadian products in the video are available at: AEON Stores Hong Kong一田百貨 (YATA) – official Pagefoodtalk 名廚坊 Choice (HK Nest)極上-香港 (HK Wholebrand) Joinluck Kids (on Amazon) #LunarNewYear #農曆新年 #Canadafood 加拿大食品網 Angliss Hong Kong Green Monday

Posted by Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macao on Thursday, 31 January 2019

US Consul General Kurt Tong and his wife appeared in a video to introduce the upcoming Year of Earth Pig, which only occurs every 60 years. They showed a cartoon clip imagining Hong Kong in 1899 and 1959, saying that the US Consulate General has been in Hong Kong for more than 170 years.

“We wish you a happy new year and good health,” they said.

2019 農曆新年片!2019 Lunar New Year video!

我哋嘅2019 #農曆新年 片出爐啦! Here’s our 2019 #LunarNewYear video!

Posted by U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau on Friday, 1 February 2019

UK Vice Consul Martin Badham was also spending his first Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, as he visited Pottinger Street, also known as Stone Slab Street, to gather some festive goods.

British diplomats’ welcoming the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

【🍊British diplomats’ welcoming the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong🍊】下星期便是己亥豬年!我們訪問了英國駐香港總領事館同事,看看他們在香港如何度過農曆新年! 今年是副領事柏德謙履新後在香港迎來的第一個農曆新年。他亦入鄉隨俗,去中環石板街買利是封及新年裝飾迎豬年! It’s almost the Year of The Pig, which means we are finding ways to celebrate Lunar New Year. We have asked our colleagues to put together a list of things to do over the public holidays, so if you haven’t managed to bag a flight abroad, Happy Lunar New Year!Our Vice Consul Martin Badham went to Pottinger Street (Stone Slab Street) in Central to get some festive goods for his first Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. See what he bought on his excursion!#新春連環恭喜你#YearOfThePig

Posted by UK in Hong Kong on Saturday, 2 February 2019

German Consul General Dieter Lamlé went to Sham Shui Po to buy traditional clothes and decorations for the year. He also bought a huge plush pig, as he and his wife joined a mahjong game at a friend’s house.

德國總領事館【豬年賀歲片】Kung Hei Fat Choy!

總領事林文禮和夫人依照農曆新年傳統拜訪了本地朋友的家裡,還學識了怎樣「食糊」!德國駐港總領事館恭祝各位豬年進步、豬籠入水!As per tradition during lunar new year, Consul General Dieter Lamlé and his wife, Ulrike Lamlé, paid a visit to a friend and even learned how to “sik wu”! On behalf of the Consulate General of Germany in Hong Kong, we wish everyone a prosperous and healthy Year of the Pig! <3 Credit to Yeung Yat Kai, Wilson Li, Toby Ip, Heliana Lee, Judy Lee, Jeromy Chan, Kris Cheng

Posted by German Consulate General Hong Kong on Monday, 4 February 2019

“This was my first mahjong game, and I like it very very much. I was happy to win. I can say ‘sik wu’ for the first time in my life,” he said. “We wish you good fortune.”

Kris Cheng

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.