Sunday, February 24, 2008

Chinese New Year in Rangoon

Happy Chinese New Year (The Year of the Rat)

Chinatown Yangon (Rangoon) is the most congested area in the entire city. There is a sizable Chinese population there and during the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration the scene is very festive and even more chaotic than usual.

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Alan and I were both feeling rather poorly during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Yangon last year (no doubt from something we ate). This is a short clip from a Lion Dance ceremony outside our hotel.
Lion dances are performed to bring good luck and to ward off evil spirits with the beginning of the Lunar New Year. Loud music, and firecrackers, with the lion's movements are used to scare away "evil spirts".





Rangoon, Myanmar time

**Memories: dysentery

**Visits: February 2007

**Links:
Chinese Horoscopes
Chinese Lion Dance (Wikipedia)

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