Happy Chinese New Year


Gong Xi Fatt Chai

To all Malaysians and Chinese celebrating the Chinese New Year. It’s that ang pow time of the year again.

Every year, a troupe of Lions come to my dad’s house to usher in the new year. I guess we are one of the few places where all 18 lions will take to the dance. Occasionally, the dragon will join in, as well. Taking photos of the entire troupe of lions dancing is a challenge, it’s hard to get a good shot, and they are often in motion all of the time. The beauty of a lion dance is in the little movements that make them come alive. The flick of an ear, the batting of the eyelids, and the fancy footwork.

It isn’t all about getting ang pows, it is also about giving and sharing you wealth. It is the one time of the year that the family will gather for their annual dinner. Traditionally, every member of the family will return to their village, bringing back new clothes, food and gifts. This is still true in modern Sabah, the flights back to Sabah are always full, as people working or studying abroad return home.

In my childhood days, it was noisy and a lot more fun with fire crackers and sprinklers. Unfortunately, these are banned now. Still, it is nice to see the kids get all excited and dressed up for the occasion.

lion-dance

Wishing Everybody
A Happy And Prosperous
Chinese New Year

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 12:34 am and is filed under Living Here. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “Happy Chinese New Year”

  1. Free Internet Marketing Tips Says:

    Hi Adrian…nice blog..I love these lion dancers…very cool. See you aruound and good luck!

    Stuart Stirling

  2. adrian Says:

    Stuart Sensei, it’s not that far where you live. Perhaps one day you will visit Sabah.

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