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'No fireworks' call on bus deaths

Central Station | Feb 12, 2018
People have made online calls for the government to cancel the Lunar New Year fireworks on Saturday to honor those who died in the Tai Po bus accident.

According to Chinese tradition, it is believed that spirits return home seven days after passing away.

It does not seem right to celebrate Lunar New Year with fireworks worth HK$8.8 million on that day, netizens and Democratic Party leader Wu Chi-wai said.

Asked if the government would cancel the fireworks, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor refused to give a straightforward answer yesterday.

"I understand that citizens feel unsettled and sorrowful, but our priority is to support the affected families. If we have any further decisions, we will make an announcement," she said.

Meanwhile, racing at Happy Valley on Wednesday will continue as normal, but there may be a ceremony to pay tribute to those who died.



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