What’s better than celebrating the welcoming of a new year? Celebrating it twice!
Yesterday, we headed to New York to celebrate the welcoming of the New Chinese Year. It is no secret that New York houses one of the biggest Chinese communities of the Northeast, known as Chinatown, and like expected, everyone were in a festive spirit by the time we arrived.
It was almost impossible to walk around. The amount of people gathered in the streets were probably bigger than we had expected but that didn’t make our experience any less exciting. We devoured steamed buns, jumped in surprise at every firecracker explosion, laughed, posed for pictures.
The color red was very prominent around the city. And that was to be expected since red is associated in the Chinese Culture as a color capable of scaring of the evil spirits and bad luck.
We also witnessed something we hadn’t noticed before and that was the dancing of dragons. Not every shop in Chinatown was opened, but the ones who were were rewarded by the arrival of the dragons who, with their dance, stood in front of each opened business bringing hopes of good fortune for the new year.
This experience reminded us, once again, that it really doesn’t matter where we are from or which culture we were raised by. In the end, we are all capable of sharing the same things in despite of our language barriers and culture differences: hopes for a brighter future and a indescribable sense of happiness, unity and love.
Happy New Chinese Year!