Sunday, February 21, 2010

Year of the Tiger

We went to Chinatown today to witness the Chinese New Year Festival. The actual New Year was earlier in the week, but this weekend they had their "festival." Jam packed week of holidays, no? Valentine's Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Chinese New Year!

We had a blast in the midst of utter craziness. The little area in Austin where the Chinatown Center is located is a cluster f***. People jaywalk across one of the busiest streets in North Austin. Cars park where ever...literally. The dragon dances and fireworks lasted around 15 minutes and were performed in every corner of the center. Those dancers under the dragon costumes had to be exhausted. Many of them were kids too.My son will be born in the year of the Tiger, sounds fun. Though, I specifically remember the tigers at the Tulsa Zoo jumping into the ravine between visitors and them to growl and swipe at me as a child. It was definitely the red hair, but maybe my kiddo will have better luck with them on his "astrological" side.

If you ever get the chance to see the dragon dance ceremony in person, do it. Very unique experience and for kids...extremely visually stimulating.

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