Photography by Maxime Hilaire
While most of the world uses January 1st to mark the beginning of the new year, this year the chinese celebrated on February 8. I have seen many pictures of what it looks like and what should be expected from such a beautiful celebration but had to experience it for myself.
Max [friend and photographer] and I experience on a very frigid Monday morning such a rich and vibrant cultural experience. While they have quite a few traditions on what should and shouldn't be done on new year's such as, no one is supposed to wear black, no mentions of death, and everyone receives red envelopes of money to start off the year right and "rich".
I got to enjoy the beautiful streets of chinatown, the dragon dancers that walked into every open building, the massive amounts of confetti poppers [that I want to pop every day if possible], and the smiling faces throughout the streets. When I usually think of New Year, first thought is of people dressing up and going to these massive, over the top parties that cost an arm and a leg. Yet in chinatown, it was a totally different experience. The feel of a real community, family, friends, love and good fortune just coming together in one full day of celebration. This just might need to be a new tradition, and next time I need to find a family to participate in all the activities with!
So I too decided to act as if this was a whole new year, and with today being ash wednesday [random transition I know]; I think I am going to make a "new new year resolution/what I'm giving up for lent". I think I should be allowed to do such a thing, don't you? Well Either way I've been told "Don't ask for permission, ask for forgiveness". So I'm going to for it, with that being said, my resolution will to be as positive as possible, so literally no negative vibes. Which means giving up on any negative thoughts, vibes, experiences etc. Now I think its always easier said than done. I just need to figure out what my penalty will be every time I enter that bad juju space. Any suggestions? Honestly...