Welcome Year of the Dragon, How I spent my Chinese New Year

Chinese people, like the Jewish peoples, have their own New Year celebrations based on the Lunar calendar or phases of the moon.  This year I spent it in Hong Kong, welcoming the Year of the Dragon.

Instead of me writing, I’m just going to use photos to tell my story of how I spent Chinese New Years.

Hong Bao

Red Envelopes or "Hong bao" are stuffed with money and given away to family, friends, and co-workers as tokens of the New Year.

Lanterns

Red Lanterns are a symbol of Chinese New Year -- this is in Lan Kwai Fong

Capitalism

This is Lan Kwai Fong dressed up for Chinese New Years. Lan Kwai Fong or LFK as the locals call it, is a place for drinking, bar hopping, and dancing.

Oranges and Tangerines

Oranges symbolize wealth and they are displayed everywhere during Chinese New Years.

Flowers

Flowers are an important part of the Chinese New Year decorations. In old China, much use was made of natural products in celebrations as well as in daily life. The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus.

Lion Dancing

Source Wikipedia: During the Chinese New Year, lion dancer troupes from the Chinese martial art schools or Chinese guild and associations will visit the houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of "cai ching" (採青), literally means "plucking the greens", a quest by the 'lion' to pluck the auspicious green normally 'vegetables' like lettuce which in Chinese called 'cái'(菜)that sound like 'cái'(财)(fortune) and auspicious fruit like oranges tied to a "Red Envelope" containing money; either hang highly or just put on a table in front of the premises. The "lion" will dance and approach the "green" and "red evelope" like a curious cat, to "eat the green" and "spit" it out leave it in a nice arrangement, like an auspicious character but keep the "red envelope". The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business and the troupe is rewarded with the "red envelope".

Fireworks

ok, so I didn't take this pic but it is a picture of how the Chinese New Year fireworks go down in the city. This year, it was cold and rainy, so I didn't venture too far out.

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