The Dragon Roars

A Dragon has roared into Singapore. Its fiery breath has spread red and gold beautifully throughout the streets of Singapore.  Chinese New Year which is the most important traditional Chinese holiday began on January 23rd and does not finish until February 9th.  This marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon which is considered to be very auspicious.  Good things seem to be about to happen everywhere.

A Flower Dragon on Orchard Road

This post has been intimidating to write.  Chinese New Year is such a beautiful and intricate celebration that I feel I can never do it justice.  I will try to communicate a small portion of the beauty we have seen throughout the streets and in lobbies of hotels and builds everywhere.

Two Enormous Dragons With Mandarin Orange Tree at the Sands Hotel and Casino

Dragons like the one above often have balls in their mouths.  This may represent the sun, moon, egg or pearl and is considered very lucky.  The orange also has a prominence in Chinese New Year celebrations and they are given as gifts and eaten at dinners.

Chinatown is of course particularly beautiful.

Temple Wall Decoration

Chinese New Year is a spring celebration and there are many plum tree blossoms and pussy willows.

The markets are filled with red tassels that are to be hung over the door to bring good fortune and hongbao (red envelopes) filled with money that are given out during celebrations.

Beautiful Dragon Puppets

As a proud mother,  I need to include one photo of two other “dragons” that roared into Singapore one month ago now.

We are truly enjoying our Asian adventure.

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