The Chinese Dragon spirals ever-upwards to look
down on the crowds.
The lion dance was one of the highlights of the
It’s hard work being at the head of the dragon.
A group of tourists join in the celebrations.
Dr. Duentemduang na Chiengmai, Mayor of Chiang
Mai and the Chinese consul-general, Wu Huiqing, bang the celebratory drums
to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Ox.
The Chinese New Year was celebrated in grand style by a
multinational crowd assembled at Warorot Market on January 26. A sea of red,
the ‘good luck’ colour – red clothes, red banners, red lanterns and red
stall displays - greeted revellers as they arrived to party throughout the
evening until it was time to say goodbye to the old Year of the Rat, and
welcome in the new Year of the Ox.
masks are a tradition at New Year.
Dignitaries in attendance included, of course, Dr Duentemduang na Chiengmai,
the city’s mayor, together with Chalermsak Suranant from TAT, and the
Chinese Consul-General, Wu Huiqing.
Performers had travelled all the way from various Chinese provinces to
entertain the crowds with traditional dances, music and cultural
performances. The highlights were the Lion Dance, and the Dragon Parade,
during which the festive dragon was hoisted high above the crowds of
revellers by strong young men, accompanied by a blaze of firecrackers.
A feast of Chinese delicacies was freely available, an indispensable element
of any Chinese celebration, with, for sure, several traditional Chinese
alcoholic beverages also on offer! The festivities ended in the traditional
manner once the New Year had been very noisily welcomed in, with a firework
display to frighten away any bad spirits remaining from the previous year.
The celebrations, which take place wherever there are Chinese or descendants
of Chinese, reflect the unquestionable loyalty to their country of origin
that those of Chinese descent pass on from generation to generation.
The Chiang Mai Mail would like to wish all its readers a happy, prosperous
and peaceful Year of the Ox.
Fabulous Chinese costumes, acrobatic displays
and traditional dancing brought some vibrant colour and entertainment to the
visitors and residents of Warorot Market.