Monday, February 11, 2013

The Camera I - A Dance With Dragons

Yesterday, Louise and I headed down to Chinatown to watch the Lion Dance ring in Chinese New Year. (I've shot in Chinatown before, but it was a little darker then.) Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada, and second oldest in North America.

It was pretty crowded. I'm terrible at estimating crowds, but I'd have to guess there were a couple of thousand people. Fortunately, there were no injuries, except for this poor kid who was carried off by a stone lion.
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Some people would do anything to get a good view.
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Then the lions started dancing....
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...accompanied by a pair of dragons.
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After the main ceremony concluded, Louise and I met up with a friend and ducked into QV Bakery for a quick bite, as we weren't done with the lions yet. A lion visited each building in the area and danced in the doorway. As it danced, some lettuce was offered to it. You can see a small box hanging down from the door hinge.
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The lion would eat the lettuce, then spit it back up in the doorway, which is supposed to bring good luck.
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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!