Although the official Chinese New Year started on Feb. 19, the holiday is celebrated throughout the month with various parades, dances and music shows. We again opted to walk to our neighborhood parade on Saturday rather than face the crowds (and the extremely low temperatures on Sunday) in Chinatown. The weather was a rather mild 23 degrees so we layered up and headed out for a little lion dance in front of one of our favorite restaurants.
An offering of lettuce or cabbage as well as red envelopes with money is made to bring good luck for the coming year.
Lion dance from Lisa on Vimeo.
The lions then head over to accept the offerings.
Firecrackers from Lisa on Vimeo.
The girls wanted to follow the lions to all the shops so in total we probably spent about 2 hours outside in 20 degree weather. Needless to say, we needed something to warm and fill our bellies so naturally we got several bowls of pho and a pot of hot tea!