Did you celebrate Chinese New Year this month? Is there any Asian community in your close proximity? If not, well, you missed out. 😀 I hope this post can convince you to attend to one next year.
If you did join in the fun, then you know how awesome it was. If you haven’t found any Asian area in your community, well find it!
You’ve been warned. This post contains excessive amount of pictures due to eventful happenings the celebration brought to the public.
First off, Gung Hay Fat Choi!
This is how Chinatown in Los Angeles was when it’s just a regular day – Chinatown in Los Angeles.
Did you look? Yeah, right. You didn’t.
Here is it now. BAM!
When I got there, it was, immediately, follow-the-drumbeat chase. What goes with the music are the lions dancing. This is the first Chinese celebration I ever attended so, I’m not going to lie, I was static.
It’s so clever of them to put on comfortable bottoms and shoes for the lions to wear because they paraded all over the streets stopping at different establishments around Chinatown.
You are going to see those papers and that guy with a Chinese yo-yo later again. But for now …
Ow! There’s food trucks and live music stage as well.
The snakes are smart, and also cunning and conniving. The emcee said that fact is good for business. The order of the animals was determined by a race. Snakes, being what they are, snaky, jumped on top of the horse. Close to the finish, it hopped out, slithered it’s way to finish line, and it became the 6th animal out of the twelve. OH SNAP!
People here celebrated The Year of the Snake with a BANG!
This guy enlivens the spirit of the snakes. He’s so smart …
Now onto the main stage in Central Plaza. This is Hou Kai. The star of the show. He was on to a good number of acrobatic performances.
Click on the images to see my caption.
This is a cool shot of mine. 😀
What I also love about the show was they also showcased other Asian culture as well. At one point, I heard a Filipino song playing. There were Americans performing Martial Arts. This next collage shows Cyr Wheel (similar manner of German wheel), a Cantonese music ensemble and more Chinese acrobatic exhibitions (to include balancing three eggs – GASP).
The acrobatic performances are WHOAsome, but the Lion Dance performance was so cool. At first, the lion and the guy are, like, fighting, battling each other. Then, the guy with feathery headpiece tamed the lion with this red card that he’s holding. Wherever he sways the red card, the lion acts on it. It was beautiful.
Hang tight. Stay with me. Let’s go back to the Paper-Folded Snake I mentioned earlier in the post. A Sesame-Balls Eating Contest in Mandarin Plaza as well.
Last. There’s more activities going on in West Plaza. Calligraphy, face clay sculpture, dough sculpture, (not seen) magician, storytelling and other arts and craps … sorry typo, crafts.
So, I was exhausted walking around LA Chinatown being happy-snappy. And Geez, Luiz! I’m exhausted composing this darn post. I hope I made my point that this event is fun and that I convinced you to attend any events of other cultures in your area.
Not agreeing? This girl does…
Kung Hei Fat Choi!