Sunday, January 22, 2012

Year of the Dragon

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!! Tonight may officially mark the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, but the celebrations began in Melbourne over the course of the past few weeks. So last weekend, we went on a little family excursion to the Victoria Street Lunar New Year festival.

It was a really novel experience to be walking down the middle of one of Melbourne's busiest streets, and there were an INSANE number of people there. But it was totally worth it - it was so full of colour and life and fire crackers and delicious smelling food.

Plus, Little Miss A had an absolute blast on a giant slide that was shaped like the sinking Titanic. In bad taste? Definitely. Tons of fun? Apparently.

Anyway, I suspect my photos can sum it up better than I can, so I'll give you those instead:
The crowds

A spiralled potato on a stick. Battered, deep fried, covered  in salt. DELICIOUS. And apparently Korean...

Lion dancers



Giant slide shaped like the Titanic. You climb up the middle and hurl yourself
down either side like an aeroplane evacuation slide!

Fire cracker residue in the tram tracks

More lion dancing

Has anyone else been celebrating the Lunar New Year?

K xx

10 comments:

  1. Looks fun! I want to eat the spiraled potato. Nom nom nom.

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    1. It was so tasty, if a little messy. You could get all different flavours, too!

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  2. Nothing that fancy happened here but we did go to our fave Chinese place for dinner. My brother was part of the lion dance in Fiji. I loved celebrating Chinese New Year in Fiji, one of the highlights of my year :)

    PS I've never seen those spiralled potato on a stick - but it sure looks good!

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    1. You've just reminded me that I should go to Shanghai Dumpling Cafe when I'm up in Canberra next month. YUM!

      How cool that your brother got to be part of the lion dance! And the potato was awesome. I wanted to take photos of how they made them, but there were so many people around that it was too hard to ask them if they minded :(

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  3. That looks so bright and festive, although I feel insanely sorry for the dudes inside the dragons in weather like this.

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    1. It wasn't nearly as hot on the 15th, which was when Victoria St had their festival. But it still can't have been fun!!

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  4. Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Year :)

    I completely over-indulged for New Year, as you can see on my blog! I love this time of year!

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    1. Holy cow, that is a TON of food! I'm not surprised you overindulged with that many tasty treats to choose from! :)

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  5. I've never celebrated it but I think it would be fun this year...mainly because I was born in the year of the dragon (selfish-I know). Love the photos! I'm guilty of going down one of those Titanic slides...and I was 17 at the time. I totally knew better.

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    1. Year of the dragon is so much more exciting than mine - year of the pig... I think my niece will know better in the future - she was wearing a skirt and not only flashed her undies to half of Melbourne, but got friction burn on her legs!

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