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Learning from the monkeys

The artist whose hand created the painting on the front page of this issue, Susan Chan Siu-chu, wishes all the readers of Sunday Examiner a Year of the Monkey full of blessings and unfulfilled dreams coming true.

Chan describes the monkey as a symbol of unlimited energy and quick wit.

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A new year


The Romans began each year by making promises to the god, Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In Mediaeval times, knights took the peacock vow at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.