Seventies-style Chinese New Year
Gung hei fat choy!
Over to a couple of contributors for memories of Chinese New Year in the late 1970s. First a photo from Cliff, showing the old HSBC building, decorated for the occasion:
Then Kirstin, who lived in Stanley at the time, describes the celebrations there:
... all the shops had new red and gold good luck papers on their doors, everything was cleaned and most shops closed for several days except for those selling candy, apples and melon seeds for people to give to others they visited. All the children were bought new clothes, given red and gold packets with money inside and the village was full of loud lion dances for days. Competing associations would sponsor lions who would dance past each other to and from the temple, stopping at the Earth God Altar, the Kaifong Association, and the shops.
In the temple to the Sea Goddess all the Taoist gods, including the God of Wealth, who wore a tall white hat upon which were written the Chinese characters, “One glance brings wealth,” were cleaned and all wore red ribbons. Firecrackers came at midnight of the New Year in spite of a government ban on them, and the noise of the lion dances went on for days as well as special gonging and drumming from the temple.
Best wishes to Cliff, Kirstin, and all Gwulo's readers and contributors for a very happy and healthy year of the monkey.