This year is the year of the snake. Chinese New Year traditionally runs from the last day of the month on the Chinese calendar and continues for fifteen days. The calendar is lunisolar so it's referred to as the "Lunar New Year.".Which means that there are lots of celebrations right now and in some of these celebrations DRAGONS are involved. Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize influential and favorable powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck.
So my friend invited me to join the community in a celebration of the new Isleton Museum and a little fun in the streets. To invite good fortune into her new home she has decorated the house. This was the centerpiece of her dining table.
By noon, the main street was filling up with people. The celebration was beginning.
Then the next few hours were turned over to the DRAGONS.
Then, they released the dragons.
But the "older" dragons were on a mission. This purple dragon saw me taking pictures, walked right up to me and said hello. I was laughing so hard that I'm surprised the photos are in focus at all.
He was a dragon on a mission.
I crossed the street and stood in front of Pineapple, a wonderful restaurant were we ate the night before.
This time a red dragon arrived.
The last one, toward the end of the street near my friend's house, was a black dragon. This one seems a bit confused about what he was suppose to be doing. He didn't grab the lettuce leaf. He walked into the cafe and had to be led out backwards because, you see, he was very big and dragons have a hard time turning around in small spaces. The Levee Cafe is very small.
"C" later said that she wished she had hung a red envelope there for the dragons, because she wanted to have the house blessed and bring it good fortune for the new year. I told her that next year we would remember to do this. The only thing is... this dragon might try to go inside the house and Max, her little dog, would want to defend his domain. It might not be a pretty picture. Max can get quite an attitude about these things.
The dragons disappeared. The river town went back to normal and we had dinner that night in "C"s dining room, with a little reminder of the wonderful day.
Xin Nian Kuai Le， 新年快乐
(Happy New Year)