Pan-democratic lawmakers on Monday called on the government to cancel the Chinese New Year fireworks show scheduled for next Saturday in view of the fatal Tai Po bus accident that killed 19 people.
In a joint letter to Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, the lawmakers said it's a time to grieve. They said the fireworks show should be cancelled as a mark of respect to the dead and their families.
The fireworks are scheduled to be held on the second day of the Chinese New Year, which will be seven days after the fatal crash. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, spirits of the deceased return home on the seventh day.
The government cancelled the National Day fireworks show in 2013, a year after 39 passengers were killed in a ferry collision near Lamma Island.