Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy New Year (Chinese, that is)

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.
The lions did an elaborate dance before accepting the offering.

Notice the large mountain of gray snow behind the dragon?
I got a little video footage of some of the dance.
Lion dance from Lisa on Vimeo.

The lions then head over to accept the offerings.

 Christy, Fernando, Lucy D and Joy joined us in the frigid weather.

The parade was a major let-down this year. It consisted of one band and the lion dancers/drummers. That's it. So very strange. But we did manage to see a local shopkeeper setting off good luck firecrackers in front of his shop!
  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!
That was a good bowl of noodles!
Warmed up, we ordered a watermelon (for Kate) and coconut (for Lucy) bubble tea and headed home.
Xin Nian Hao Ya!

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