It’s that time again! February 7th is Chinese New Year for 2008! Celebrations have already started and the stores are already selling gau. The best part, for me, is that it’s time for the drums and the Chinese dragons (or lions) to make their presence known!
One of the best things about working close to Fort Street is that it is so close to Chinatown and the organizations that put on these wonderful, cultural performances are always close by!
I can’t explain it but the sound of those drums is like a lure for me. Time to drop everything, grab the camera and some dollar bills, and follow the sound of those drums! I was fortunate enough, yesterday, to be forewarned that they were on their way down Fort Street.
This particular group was very welcoming of the admiration I was more than ready to give them. This was exciting for me because it was my first for the year. Unfortunately, I only had $1 bills to give them. I have, in the past, given them $5 bills… they seem to “digest” those a little better.
Anyway, this group was the first to confirm for me that we’re about to leave the Year of the Boar behind and enter the Year of the Rat. Co-workers have already bought the wall calendar for those traveling to Vegas to check on their Chinese zodiac sign to see where their luck is going to be while they’re in Vegas.
Like I said, these guys were more than willing to soak up the admiration and have their pictures taken. What a sight they are! The beautiful colors and intricate detail of their costumes is really something to witness. Obviously they’ll get my vote every time!
As far as cultural art forms go, just show me a dragon and let me hear those drums and I’m one of the most appreciative observers that you’ll find!
Here’s a list of some of the festivities coming our way. Kung Hee Fat Choy, Honolulu!