Happy lunar new year! A common saying at this time of year is 年年有餘, which wishes that each year you’ll have a surplus. Since 餘 sounds similar to the word for fish, 魚, people like to eat fish for new year’s.
Unfortunately fish puns may have been a little too close for comfort this year – a new conflict broke out just a few hours ago in Mong Kok. SCMP reports “Gunshots fired as Hong Kong police clash with hawkers and crowds in Mong Kok on first day of Chinese New Year.” The police chose an unfortunate night to try to enforce a crackdown on street hawkers who sell quick bites throughout the city – with the result that over a year ago Hong Kong saw the beginning of the Umbrella Revolution (or Movement) – 雨傘革命(運動) – and today we’ve got a new term: the Fishball Revolution, 魚蛋革命.
And to top it off, the first character in Umbrella (雨) sounds the same as the fish in fishball (魚).
年年有魚 indeed. May we have fish every year.