Of course, the Chinese New Year had to be celebrated in the heart of Chinatown. By the time I arrived there, the streets were already filled with people waiting for the parade to start. There were shiny confetti tossed in the air, fire crackers lit, children running around shouting and laughing, and trumpets played randomly. The sunlight was so intense, that I decided to move away from the crowd and ventured inside the old Chinatown Central plaza to get a traditional Chinese umbrella. While I was there, I decided to hit the food trucks in search of a moon rice cake — the signature dessert to celebrate the beginning of the new year with, but they were nowhere in sight. There was no time to sit at a restaurant, the parade was about to start and had to rush back to the street to catch the dragons.
By the time I reached the street again, the dragons’ giant heads and long bodies were already headlining the parade. They moved so fast in a zig zagging from one curb to another. It was a nice omen for a year that promises to be memorable. In fact, despite the Mayan predictions, “The year 2012 is blessed by the lucky Dragon. The Dragon it is a yang year. Yang Water is like a flowing river rather than a stagnant lake. Things will move, ideas flow, creativity abound, economies boom, and love blossom in this environment. It is likely to be an exciting year indeed.” – excerpt from 2012 Dragon. Happy New Dragon Year everyone!!
P.S. I didn’t leave Chinatown without going to my favorite store, Realm, which was decorated with dozens of dragons in all shapes and sizes. I think I might just go back and get a dragon to start my own collection.