Saturday, January 28, 2012
We went to Chinatown in Den Haag today. After a lovely brunch we watched the Chinese New Year celebrations. Nila and I fallen madly in love with the cute lions. The white one was my favorite.
The opening and the following parade tell the story about the lion waking up at the end of the year. He is hungry and starts looking for food.
Everybody hangs a lettuce plant above the front door for the lion to eat. This will please the lion and brings the people good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
So the lions go through every street eating the lettuce. It's a very colorful festival with drums and lots of fireworks.
Happy new year,