No black please, we’re Chinese

Winnie has pointed out that black is an unlucky colour for the Chinese at New Year. It’s OK to wear black to this VIP meeting, but not OK to give black presents of any kind. No black foiled green bottled Prosecco, no lucky black cat sweeets (and they are Japanese manufactured), no black box container. So it’s back to the hamper drawing board this morning. Luckily, I may not be good at Chinese Culture but I am good at last minute salvaging. I’ve No picture as its disassembled in a red Happy Shopping Carrier Bag. But basically gold tin, gold and red paper. Prosecco and black unlucky Japanese sweeties removed. I’m up and ready for an early morning swim before my big day. I wonder if it’s unlucky if I eat the black cat sweets for breakfast. Probably not a great idea. But luckily I have blue blue berries and a red pomegranate, and green avocados in stock. Sometimes I’m so glad I’m not superstitious. I’ve never had my fortune told at home or at any temple here, don’t follow my Libran or rat horoscope, walk under ladders……

And All this, from a city teeming with buildings whose facades are held together by bits of bamboo underneath which everyone is happy to walk.

But today is a day of respecting culture, customs and traditions, and carrying random bits of British foodstuffs on the MTR.

Published by backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong And previously.... Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

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