Happy Chinese New Year

With a population as big as NYC, you know that there are communities celebrating something at almost every day of the year.  Well, the 7th is Chinese New Year and I was down in Chinatown over the weekend looking at their first preparations for the festival.

It was the 5th Annual Flower Market.

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The event was held at the lower edge of Chinatown in Columbus Park.  It didn’t consist of much, but the tenting was a nice touch.

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I did get inside and found a rather crowded and festive group doing nothing but…selling flowers and plants.

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Lots of people of all sorts were there, predominantly Chinese but not exclusively.

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As you can tell, they were having a good time.

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And what year will it be?  2007 was the Year of the Pig.  Let’s follow up with an equally interesting animal year!

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Yep.  2008 is the Year of the Rat!  A good NYC kind of year, I’d say.

On the other hand, and in news more immediate to me, it’s Ash Wednesday. That’s the traditional beginning of Lent. I saw a lot of people with the sign of the Cross on their foreheads. As for me, I’m a little too low an Episcopalian for it.

-H

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