I Had such a wonderful day in China Town today. It was the celebration of Chinese New Year. The year of the Monkey. My grandson Nico’s year.
It has been at least 40 years since I attended the last one. Same old, same old. “Oh I so want to go down and see the celebration” but I just always put it off.
Not this year. My family was going down and I was invited too so I went! Here is the proof in photos.
Some of my family
These three are my favorite. There were so many of these toys, tee shirts and food lining the streets. We strolled all morning and spent lots of money.
I could not figure out what this was and I had a hard time understanding the Chinese man’s accent. He was patient and kept repeating until I figured it out. Red Dates!
So hard to choose. All was freshly cooked and smelled so good.
One of my favorites. Char Siu. Bought to take home
Can you tell we are in China Town?
This is one of the most popular bakeries in China Town. You have to get to it early or this is what happens.
Odds and Ends Along the Way
A tip of the hat to my dear friend
My daughter couldn’t resist all of the colorful cartoon items Inside the bookstore
At last what looked to be an authentic Item. When I went to check to see how much it was I was told it was being used by the fortune teller and not for sale. Sigh.
Guan Yin Goddess of Mercy. There is a wonderful blog that tells you all about her at https://lol8.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/dreams-on-her-birthdays/
And what is Chinese New Years without a Lion Dance. Here the lion hesitates. Should he enter the smoke?
But then his companion catches up to him and says, don’t worry little buddy I’ve got your back
And little buddy feels brave and stands tall and into the smoke he goes
These are other members who also participate in making the lion dance. They all wait their turn as the dancers change out quite frequently
Here you can see them changing out. Notice the woman with the blue arm sticking out towards the green lion. She is offering him money for good luck. This is also how the club makes their money.
Oh the lion is so happy to have been fed.
So my daughter feeds the lion too. We can all use a bit of luck.
And I can use all the luck I can get.
Then these little lions came along. I could not resist following them as they would stop and wag their tail end.
The little lion makes it up the stairs and heads to this woman who definitely wants good luck for her business. See all those red papers on her desk? She has been feeding many lions and she must be feeding them well as the lions don’t give those papers to just anyone.
And there he is giving her another good luck paper
And these are the little children who are dancing that lion. They start from a very,very young age.
So what a wonderful day I had. I loved the banging, drumming and all of the commotion. I watched the smiles on all of the old Chinese people’s faces and wondered just what memories were going through their minds. For me I loved seeing all the different nationalities co-mingling. I thought what a wonderful island this is that we all celebrate and enjoy each others differences. That is why I can honesty say “Hawaii No ka oi.” (Hawaii is the best)