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Chinese New Year

Post by EMG » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:11 am

You get any of this where you are?

Friday is a holiday here. Dragon Dances and drums are popping up all around me. I just saw one from my balcony.

I like it. There's a long history of Chinese in Manila. They were here long before the Spaniards or Americans.

Anyway. Gong hei fat choy and or gong xi fa cai!

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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:25 am

I think there is about 1/2 million British-Chinese, with the largest section originating from Hong Kong and living in London. But, there has been gradual immigration over centuries.

London has a pretty well sized Chinatown, as do some other cities.
And it will be standing room at the moment.

I remember when we used to have LP piss ups, the weekend would invariably involve some dim sum. That's where I saw my fire chicken's feet.

I used to get my haircut there, as they threw in a freebie sensual head massage when washing your hair.
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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by section8 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:26 am

Huge in Hawaii. Probably a bigger celebration than NYE and the 4th of July. People blow off so many fireworks that the streets become smoggy and houses always catch on fire.
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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by EMG » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:34 am

Stephen_Dedalus wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:25 am

I used to get my haircut there, as they threw in a freebie sensual head massage when washing your hair.
First time I experienced that was at a barber shop in the ghetto in Texas where two Korean girls worked. I guess I was around 20. I was amazed at the free massage.

Comes standard here in the Philippines.

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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by Godjira » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:52 am

Not so much here- maybe in Chinatown in Yokohama there may be a parade. There are lots of Chinese people living in Ueno, Tokyo nowadays. Maybe they'll be having something there.

Japan used to celebrate the New Year according to the Chinese lunar calendar, but they switched to celebrating the Western calendar's New Year over 100 years ago, but there are sometimes special things going on at Buddhist temples.

I was in Taiwan during Chinese New Year many years ago. It actually wasn't a good time to visit because most places were closed, and it was very quiet. It was good for me, though, because I was staying with my ex's family and I was able to see the New Year from a family's point of view, which was unique. The funny thing was the little kids (sometimes 5 or 6) playing with firecrackers. For the most part, the ones they used would spin and fly off randomly and then explode.
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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by Homerj » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:32 pm

We are having people over tommorow nite to celebrate.
Had to Skype the relatives in Taiwan this morning to wish them a shen ying quai luh
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by EMG » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:51 pm

They did a dragon dance in my office today.

You'd think marching a drum line through a call center would be a bad idea, but apparently someone in HR thought it was a good one.

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Post by veronica_inheels » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:56 pm

It's a nice holiday. They should make a national one here. With 5 days off.
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Post by tortuga » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:01 pm

I have a Taiwanese friend here who throws a big party every year with a ton of food. So yeah, it is a thing in my own personal bubble.

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Post by dragon » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:09 pm

dragons are ALWAYS a good idea.
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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by Potpie » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:39 pm

The chinese new years parade in SF is LAME-O. Sure there's the dragon dances and drums, but there's also the sanitation trucks and sanitation workers in the parade, the usual gaggle of politicians in their convertibles, and other groups walking in the parade that have nothing to do with chinese new years.

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Post by EMG » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:43 pm

I went to a nightclub last night and they were running a giant dragon around the place and dozens of girls in red traditional Chinese style dresses stood around the club holding sparklers in the air.

It was pretty cool.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:16 pm

It's going in two directions here-people desperate to make a dollar off it like Granville Island and others not bothering to celebrate anything-even in the hugely Chinese suburb of Richmond only about a quarter of people celebrate.
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Post by dBrother » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:27 pm

defo knew about it in box hill here, they close the inbound 3 lanes on marroondah highway down for two nights to have a carnival celebrating it..
Could hear the fireworks from my place on Friday evening (Chinese evil ghost scaring style fireworks)
Also I get food given to me from my Chinese neighbors.
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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:56 pm

dBrother wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:27 pm

Also I get food given to me from my Chinese neighbors.
Its almost like that scene in Gran Torino

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Post by Wilster » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:04 am

Potpie wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:39 pm
The chinese new years parade in SF is LAME-O. Sure there's the dragon dances and drums, but there's also the sanitation trucks and sanitation workers in the parade, the usual gaggle of politicians in their convertibles, and other groups walking in the parade that have nothing to do with chinese new years.
I don't know that I would label it as lame as it's one of the biggest parades of its kind outside of Asia.

Kinda weird that it always seem to be about a week after actual Chinese New Year which is on Feb 16th this year. I usually go to China (just the way it works) about two weeks after the New Year and there always still seems to be a buzz in the air.
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Re: Chinese New Year

Post by Potpie » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:36 am

It.is.lame.

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Post by Wilster » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:22 am

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It.is.lame.
:o :shock: Race-tits!!!

I use to go to the one in Marysville/Yuba City back in the day...circa, 1970's.
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Post by Potpie » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:21 am

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Post by temporaryhandle2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:27 am

It's huge here. Gigantic in Sydney, which I understand, has the biggest expat community in the world. Chinese New Year in Haymarket is the best fun.

But very noisy!

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Post by Flobster! » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:32 am

Bendigo has the longest Imperial Dragon in the world, although I don't know if it does anything for NY - since the 1890s the big Bendigo Chinese celebration is at Easter.
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Post by EMG » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:33 am

Biggest expat community in what sense, Temp?

In terms of total population, Australia is around #10 on the list. (according to Google)

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Post by Flobster! » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:34 am

Sydney.
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Post by temporaryhandle2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:18 am

Flobster! wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:32 am
Bendigo has the longest Imperial Dragon in the world, although I don't know if it does anything for NY - since the 1890s the big Bendigo Chinese celebration is at Easter.
I love that Festival! It's been years since I've been. Good old Sun Leong!

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Post by temporaryhandle2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:19 am

EMG wrote:
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Biggest expat community in what sense, Temp?

In terms of total population, Australia is around #10 on the list. (according to Google)
Maybe it's the ChinaTown that's the biggest in the world, EMG. Look up Sydney Chinatown.

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Post by EMG » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:22 am

Must be an interesting place. The Chinatown here in Manila is the oldest in the world, it's a fun place to visit.

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Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:11 am

Wilster wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:04 am
I usually go to China (just the way it works) about two weeks after the New Year and there always still seems to be a buzz in the air.
That's Lantern Festival.

Wiki says Sydney Chinatown is the largest in . . . Australia. Of course Australians would think that makes it the world's largest.

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Post by fishface » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:55 am

There was a big festival on the waterfront and I think fireworks when it got dark. I think they were fireworks anyway. It sounded like we were under attack from cannon fire and usually that means fireworks. To explain - the harbour acts as a kind of echoing speaker. I live by the harbour so just heard lots of booming.

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Post by Ped_Yai » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:37 pm

I just got home to find a cardboard box full of bánh pía chay from our neighbor.

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