Happy Chinese New Year

The celebration of Chinese New Year was completed last Saturday and I attended the parade event with friends to shoot some photos.  This Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Dog. The Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042…  People born in the year of the Dog are supposed to have these characteristics:  the Dog is man’s good friend who can understand the human’s spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.  This is not my zodiac year (I was born in the year of the Rabbit).

Prior to attending the parade we headed to the Chinatown neighborhood to look for compositions to shoot and I kept my eye out for a door to post in Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors website.  Norm is the equivalent to the parade Grand Marshall for the doors; he leads all door aficionados to his portal where they display their doors for all to see.  If you’re interested, just visit Grand Marshall Norm’s Thursday Doors site, read his current post and press the blue frog button to open the portal and read door posts from others from all parts of the world.  If you care to share your doors, feel free to do so (it is “free” to participate).

So, getting down to business, I found this door in Chinatown for this week’s Thursday Door post.  Thought it looked cool and would provide a threshold for some Chinese New Year Parade photos.

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The parade had dragons and chickens.

Pretty girls and school children dressed to honor the Year of the Dog.

The Official Grand Marshall of the parade, actress Michelle Yeoh.

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The Chinese, 8 Immortals.

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Lion dancers.

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Martial artists.

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And, Gum Long, the long Dragon that curves its way along the parade route.

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Thanks for visiting my post and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

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16 thoughts on “Happy Chinese New Year

  1. Happy belated Chinese New Year, Gordon! Keep forgetting about your heritage. The 8 immortals, does that refer to Confucius, etc. or 8 leaders of China? Great captures of the parade!
    Now, I’m here, what does the Chinese in the street think about the royal family? Do their descendents even live in China or are they in exile?

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    1. Thanks, Jesh! I had to look up info on the 8 Immortals to answer your question. They apparently go quite far back to the Jin dynasty and they appear in human form in the Taoist religious art work. The 8 Immortals each possess a power to bestow life or destroy evil according to the info I read.
      I’m not sure about the “royal family”; are you referring to the former emperors’ descendants? In any event, I haven’t heard any discussion about that nor even discussed that as my ABC upbringing doesn’t maintain such ties with dynasties in the past. Hope you had a nice Chinese New Year!

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      1. Thank you Gordon for the info about the Taoists -can you tell, my upbringing was quite Western? Several shades of Protestantism!. then we were in Beijing we visited the Forbidden City – and in the museums robes and furniture of the “royals” were displayed – that must have been the emporors then? Anyways, I vaguely remember hearing “something” about the members of the royal family being alive ( I guess I was assuming you had such info in history class at school). Enjoy your Chinese New Year, year of the dog:)

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  2. 940 is amazing, what a beautiful ceiling detail!
    I’d seen photos of the parade over at Deborah’s, and I still contend I’d really like to see this sorta parade one day 🙂 Looks like a lot of fun!

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  3. What a great pre parade place to hang out looking for doors! That one is wonderful. I love the smooth wood contrasted with the tile, and colors in the archway.

    I’m so sorry I missed you guys there! I’m sure we were within a block of each other.
    You shared some wonderful images of the parade. It was fun! I love the lions, the Gods, the Dogs, and party atmosphere I find there every time I’ve been.
    Next to the 4th of July parade this is my favorite.

    I agree Joey should come out with the whole family for the parade! We can take her on a doorscursion, and eat, and…wonder how many days she could get free to hang with us to do photography before the Parade? 🙂 Joey?

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