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.
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.
The Chinese, 8 Immortals.
And, Gum Long, the long Dragon that curves its way along the parade route.
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.