Frivolous Friday: Firecrackers, Lion Dances, Pad Thai and Good Luck

It’s Frivolous Friday!

Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)

Yep, this happened:

I went to my first Lunar New Year Festival!

Watching a Lion Dance has been on my bucket list forever – so as soon as this Festival popped up on Things to do in San Diego I knew I was going!

As I walked in from the parking lot I could hear the Taiko Drums and soon I was surrounded by bright colors and smiling faces!

I soaked in all that fun color (and speaking of color – I scored by grabbing my red jacket on the way out the door because RED is THE color of the holiday!)

I HAD to grab a bite of lunch and I couldn’t resist the veggie Pad Thai…

Well me and my Pad Thai settled in to wait through the 90 minutes of speeches and proclamations….Congressmen, City Councilmen, a City Attorney….etc….etc….yawn!

But then…..

…. it was FINALLY time to count down to the FIRECRACKERS!  (Keep reading – I also have this on video for you later in the story!)

Then the stage came alive with COLOR as four lions started dancing

The lion symbolizes power, wisdom, and superiority and they bring good fortune, prosperity and chase away evil spirits and bad luck.

I was amazed to see how acrobatic they were–seriously,  can you believe how strong that second person is?

Make sure you watch the video of the dance!

Even Buddha was amazed…

After performing on the stage, the lions came down and walked through the crowd.

And people “fed” the lions cash in red envelopes.

(Giving red envelopes with money inside is a way to send good wishes and luck!

And sidenote – their tails wiggle — so cute!

It was a whirlwind few moments – and so much fun!

And in case you didn’t know this is the start of the Year of the Rat.

Are you a Rat?  😉  You are if you were born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, or 2020.

Rats are quick-witted, resourceful, and smart but lack courage. With rich imaginations and sharp observations, they can take advantage of various opportunities well.

In Chinese culture, rats represent working diligently and thriftiness, so people born in a Rat year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous.

I also learned that certain fruits are eaten during the Chinese New Year such as tangerines and oranges

They are selected as they are particularly round and “golden” in color, symbolizing fullness and wealth.
Eating and displaying tangerines and oranges is believed to bring good luck and fortune.

Sign me up for that!

What can I say:  I’m Feeling Blessed!

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