Busy working in China in recent years, Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) has since returned to Hong Kong earlier to reunite with husband Philip Lee (李乘德) and their three sons for the annual Lunar New Year celebrations, which fell on February 1 this year.
Visiting A Forgotten Border Town
Just before the arrival of the Year of the Tiger, the Lees returned to Philip’s hometown – the rural Hakka village of Sha Tau Kok, also Hong Kong’s northernmost town – where they did some spring cleaning, paid respects to their ancestors and to thank “protective guardians” who kept the family safe throughout the previous year.
Most importantly, Philip said he wanted to show 4-year-old Brendan (李奕霆), 2-year-old Ryan (李奕霖) and youngest son Liam (李奕宏) their “roots” in the hopes of keeping their Hakka cultural traditions alive.
Detailed Record of Traditions
Wishing everyone great health, happiness and success in the new year, Philip shared photos of the trip, including of himself putting up traditional red Chinese couplets at their home’s entrance, along with a bunch of “prosperity chives.” With Brendan following along, the couple paid their respects to family ancestors by offering joss sticks according to custom.
Sharing another tradition, Philip also dropped by the village stream to collect a special species of grass, which is used for bathing and cleansing the body of any evil before welcoming the new year.