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Hongkongers are giving less money amid muted Lunar New Year

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Hongkongers are giving less money amid muted Lunar New Year celebrations due to the fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic as people have been reducing social interactions over the festive holiday.⁠

Security guard, Leung Ling-po, 58, said he had less lai see – red paper packets filled with “lucky money” – this year as residents in his block tried to minimise physical contact given the latest outbreak.⁠

He received around HK$1,000 (US$128) during Lunar New Year from the block of flats of around 70 households last year, with HK$20 or HK$50 being inside the envelopes. This year he received less than HK$500.⁠

“I think it was understandable as we talked to each other less during the pandemic, and the residents tried to escape the gift-exchange in this critical time – the fifth wave is still spreading,” he said.⁠

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