Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

For the last week, I’ve celebrated Chinese New Year by going into festivals. I was so excited at what they had to offer since it was my first time. There was great food, live performances, and variety of activities that showcase Chinese culture.

Dim Sum – Chinese version of tapas

There were other dishes I ate in a Dim Sum restaurant but were not pictured due to my camera being full. I also ate shu mai, congee, soup dumplings, and some desert buns.

For the topic of food, it is customary to eat dumplings for Chinese New Year since  they symbolize good fortune as they resemble ingots (ancient Chinese currency).

Gift Shop

Vendors and main stage

The festival have many booths that appeals to both children and adults. Activities appealing to children include face painting, red envelopes while tea tasting, calligraphy, and fortune telling were pretty popular to adults. Surprisingly, the festival was more diverse than I thought with about 30 – 50 % people attending are Asians.

Red envelopes are commonly given to children during Chinese New Year. Red color symbolizes happiness and good fortune. Inside the envelopes would be money. Honesty, if I get free money, it would represent happiness and good fortune regardless whether it was delivered in a red envelope or not.

Traditional Han Chinese clothing (hanfu) and Manchurian clothing (Qipao) 

People were taking pictures with Chinese young adults dressed in traditional garb. Those on the right were wearing hanfu while those on the left were wearing a traditional qi pao. However, the man in the brown robes in the right picture is wearing a hanfu.

Lion dance

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Face Change Opera

Face change opera is a performance originated from Sichuan province. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.

Chinese Dance

 

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