Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has just announced to cancel the 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks this afternoon (Feb 12, 2018).
As the most important traditional festival in Hong Kong, the Chinese New Year is the time for family gathering and sharing. However, this year will be a heartbroken Chinese New Year for the families of victims in the recent bus accident. In the evening of 10th of February, a double-decker bus has flipped over and crashed on Tai Po Road, causing 19 dead and 66 injured.
The planned 2018 Chinese New Year Fireworks Show was supposed to be held in the evening of the 17th of February 2018. Hong Kong Government decided to cancel it to mourn the victims in this tragedy. In addition, flags at Hong Kong government offices will be flown at half-mast tomorrow.
It is the second time that Hong Kong government decided to cancel the annual fireworks celebrations due to a tragic accident (In 2012, the Lamma Island ferry crash took the life of 39 people).
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of this tragic accident!