Chinese New Year was a few days ago and today we ventured downtown to try to catch the Lion Dance in Chinatown. We had no idea how popular this event is though, and it was hard to find parking! Finally we did manage to find a spot and waded through the crowds to find the lion.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this ritual dance before, so had no idea why there were lettuce heads hung in front of the stores in Chinatown. But we soon realized that they were there for the lion to “eat”, along with a red envelope full of money. The lion is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to the businesses it visits, and the money in the envelope pays the dancers who wear the lion’s costume.
We ended up going for lunch soon after we watched the lion visit a few stores, and we accidentally picked a Japanese restaurant that the lion hadn’t visited yet. They sat us right in the window, and five minutes later the lion (above) paid a visit. Talk about front row seats!
Gong Xi Fa Cai/Gong Hei Fat Choi everyone! (Happy New Year!)