恭喜发财


Gong Xi Fa Cai!


It is the start of a new lunar year, the year of the Rabbit.


Around town there are red lanterns, swathes of red cloth and hanging paper ornaments, like concertinaed pineapples.
Little gold rabbit statues sit on shop counters,
and bunny designs are stamped on door mats, slippers, and clothes.



Dancers can be hired to perform in houses or office spaces,
arriving in a truck festooned with big flags,
and banging cymbals and drums.

On Friday, we went to family friends for lunch,
and after we had eaten, we heard the sound of the drums approaching.
One of their neighbours had the dancers in their home
so we went over for a little look.


From my observations, they perform an ornate dance and do interesting things with kumquats, which they peel and arrange under cover of their dragon costumes and then reveal for auspicious prosperity.


Quite the cultural experience for our girls to watch from the side of the swimming pool,


although frighteningly loud for the baby!


Happy New Year!

paige  – (February 8, 2011 at 1:47 AM)  

i love how you tell a beautiful story in your blog entries
xo

Gail  – (February 8, 2011 at 6:26 AM)  

Yes, MJ has been coming home with Chinese New Year bits and pieces from his colleagues. It is always such a vibrant celebration. We're off to the lantern festival in a weekend or two too - the crowds will be good prep!

That baby of yours is growing quickly!!

Cat  – (February 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM)  

As usual your images are amazing Amy
Happy New Year to you too!

love and light

Cassandra Frear  – (February 12, 2011 at 4:35 AM)  

So odd to read sometimes of a life so far away, so different.

Here you have doors open and it's always growing season. We're locked in behind doors to stay warm and flu is making people sick everywhere.

Fiona  – (February 12, 2011 at 11:51 PM)  

Hope the 'Year of the Rabbit' is a wonderful one for you and yours Amy.
And by the way, the Banana Cake recipe is absolutely delicious, you must try it, and I just went with 1/3 cup of yoghurt which worked well.
Let me know if everybody enjoys it. Astounds me that a recipe from Victoria, Australia ends up in a kitchen in Central Queensland and then enjoyed by beautiful girls in Singapore!
Take Care.

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