Today marks the first day of the new Chinese lunar year – for 2015, it is the Year of The Wooden Sheep. Our neighbourhood, Canada’s oldest Chinatown, is very busy at this time of year! This coming Sunday, from noon until 4, the festivities include a Lion dance, dragon performances, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, traditional dancing, and Chinese tea ceremonies.
2015 Year of the Sheep (© Firehorse Designs 2015)
The Gates of Harmonious Interest, Chinatown, Victoria BC.
The 500 block of Fisgard Street, Victoria BC, decorated with new lanterns for the New Year.
A beautiful day in Chinatown for New Year’s celebrations! Here are some pics from around our wonderful neighbourhood in Victoria BC. Welcome to the Year of the Snake.
As well as his attendants, a huge crowd of onlookers follows the lions through the streets of Chinatown, all to the sound of beating drums and firecrackers popping!
The lion takes the offering at The Milkman’s Daughter on Government Street.
500 block Fisgard Street, the heart of Chinatown.
This dragon adorns the corner of Government Street and Pandora Avenue.
Doorway in Fan Tan Alley.
The classic shot with Don Mee Restaurant, a Victoria landmark for more than 80 years.
The Holiday decorations came down last week and up went new lanterns, some of them yellow.
New this year, a banner across Government Street announces Canada’s oldest Chinatown.
We popped out to the last night market of the year after dinner yesterday evening. I’ve been trying to figure out what setting on my point and shoot works for night time shots, but I cannot seem to get a non-blurry photo. But that’s OK as it produced these blurry photos last night that kind of set the right mood!
Lots of people out for the market, eating and shopping.
So much going on in our pretty little neighbourhood! I love that so many people live in these old historic buildings, including us!