Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy New Year!

过年好 - 過年好 - guònian hǎo

Unintentionally, I started this Chinatown series right before the Chinese New Year, and if I had planned better, I would have gone down to Chinatown this past weekend to get some photos of the New Years celebrations and Lion dancing to post for today. Next year I'll do that, I promise! Instead of Lions, today you get Beach Street - the "Main Street" of Chinatown. It's full of restaurants, shops with chicken and fish and crabs in the windows, and, of course, traffic!

The Chinese New Year is the most important of the Traditional Chinese Holidays, and celebrations last for 15 days. The Chinese calendar is a lunar one, with celebrations beginning on the second new moon of the winter solstice, and typically ending around the following full moon with a Lantern Festival. This year is the year of the Rat, and year 4705 by the Chinese Calendar. Wikipedia has a page that lists a lot of information about the festivities, food, and traditions of the Chinese New Year if you'd like to learn more.

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