Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Every year I wait for the sounds of those drums! Whenever I hear them I follow the sound, grab my camera, and grab my wallet for dollar bills, or $5 bills if I am in a good mood and feeling the need for whatever prosperity the Chinese New Year will bring.
We are closing the year of the Rabbit and welcoming in the year of the Dragon. I love dragons. I’m more prone to the Old World dragons that guard castles and nest on piles of gold and jewels but, like I said to someone last week, a dragon is a dragon and I’ll take whatever I can get!
No, I am not superstitious and, no, I do not follow the teachings of the zodiac. However, I have to admit that there is often some truth and accuracy to the things they say about our character traits. Besides, it’s fun. You can take it with a grain of salt but it is a heck of a lot of fun to see how things fit the people you know!
There is just something about the sound of those drums, when they are done right, that just triggers something. Of all Asian art and culture, Chinese lion and dragon dances surpass it all for me.
The best part of Downtown Honolulu at this time of year is that it is so very close to China Town. Businesses frequently enlist this rite to chase away evil spirits from their doorways. Hopefully I will run into more of them this year than I did last. I do not want to wait another year to hear those drums and watch this cultural marvel unfold. Firecrackers included!