Monday, 30 January 2012

Year of the Dragon

Dragons are friendly.

They symbolize strength and good luck.

That was the message yesterday at the San Diego Chinese New Year and Cultural Fair that was held downtown on Third Avenue and J Street.

The lion dancers performed on the streets and up on stage.

They were fed lettuce to bring good luck and good fortune.

And we got a quick peek under the elaborate costumes.

It was fun to mingle with them.

The crowd was equally well-dressed.

With red attire popping up frequently.

There were dancers and martial artists and musicians for entertainment.

We were introduced to students from Barnard, a Mandarin Chinese Magnet School in San Diego. Even the littlest of the group wished us a Happy New Year - in Mandarin!

Out on the streets you could find dragon t-shirts, chops (Chinese stamps) with the signs of the zodiac and steaming bowls of potstickers.

And get up close to see the details on the lion costumes.

Xin Nian Kuai Le !

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