Happy Lunar New Year
2/10/2008 Houston-- This year's Lunar New Year festivities celebrated the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration of the year. It is a time of celebration, eating special foods, cleaning and decorating the house, giving gifts (aka. hong bao), firecrackers, and getting ready for the coming year.
(Happy Chinese New Year: Performance at the Southern Daily Festival in Southwest Houston)
Record crowds attended the Annual New Year festival at the Houston Chinese Community Center. Festival goers enjoyed traditional Chinese activities, performances, and food:
(Lion Dance at the Houston Chinese Community Center)
(Traditional Chinese New Year's Eve dinner table setting)
(Chinese Calligraphy demonstration at the Chinese Community Center)
(Origami display at the Chinese Community Center: Houston Origami Museum)
(Chinese choir singing a traditional Chinese song at the festival)
Sunday was Southern Daily Newsgroup's Annual Lunar New Year Festival. The event featured performances from the local community as well as organizational booths and plenty of food.
(Cantonese opera singers at the Southern Daily Newsgroup Festival)
(Judo performance: looks like they are just about ready to fight)
(Rhythmic Gymnastics performance at the festival)