HONG KONG, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Donald Tsang delivered his message for the Chinese traditional Lunar New Year here Sunday, calling on citizens to face up to the global financial crisis in the Year of Ox.
In his new year greetings and wishes to about seven million Hong Kong people, Tsang said Chinese people greet the Lunar New Year with joyful celebrations amid the current global financial turmoil, they may rein in spending.
"Yet, Hong Kong people are no strangers to adversity. We are used to thriving on challenges," Tsang said in his pre-recorded new year message.
Chinese around the world will usher in the Year of Ox on Monday, according to the Chinese traditional lunar calendar.
"The Lunar New Year is a time to reaffirm our love and affection for family members, friends or even people whom we don't know in person," Tsang said. "I believe that if we pull together as a community, no challenge will be too big for Hong Kong."
"My wife and I enjoy doing Spring Festival shopping. I am glad to see that the retail market is doing better than expected," he added.
The Spring Festival is the most important holiday for Chinese to reunite with their families. The Chinese have named each year after an animal in a 12-year cycle. Ox ranks second in the cycle, after mouse, but before tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.