Gong Hei Fat Choi!
Last month- 9th/10th February was my third time joining in celebrations for Chinese New Year in Liverpool. After the years of Monkey and Rooster (though I missed Dog.) This time, it is the final year in the current cycle- the Year of the Pig. (Yes I know it’s late- but life’s been hectic and I’ve got a lot to catch up on!)
The amount of photos taken over the two days was staggering- about 700, which with my old camera is pretty good- though a pain in the posterior to organise, edit and post. So far there are five albums and the first set is up on Tigletverse Photography Facebook page.
Anyway, seeing the Quest for the Arch and the preshow Traditional Lion and Dragon Dance at the Chinese Arch was a new experience. Liverpool Hung Kar Kung Fu Association performed by the Arch in LED costumes, though I was stood in the wrong place as the glare of red and yellow lighting made it too glary, hence a few psychedelic photos. Night time photography has always been challenging. There were several characters on stilts walking round beforehand, so caught a few pictures of them too.
Sunday was a whole different experience, again! The Black E was closed so had a wander round, quite a bit to find The Pagoda Arts Centre and the Chinese Youth Orchestra. That was very good, although quite a lot of photos taken and I haven’t finished going through them. Then I got stuck in a crowd as Two Dragons entered a restaurant, so that was interesting.
A Tai Chi demonstration and drumming was on at the mainstage, while I also dropped into the Wah Sing Centre to see how the Liverpool Chinatown Photography Society was doing. I’ve been on the fringes of this group for about a year or so, I was also hoping for a game of Mah Jong or Xiangqi- ‘zeong kei’- Chinese Chess, with cannons and Elephants! But alas, neither were found.
Here’s the wiki link to make sense of it-
Mah Jongg, like Dominoes is far more complex-
I also looked at the possibility of a Chinese name- I got four variations-
Ma Yan Ning/Meng Ying Nu/Mao Yue Ning and Mai Yu Nu.
Have a go here and see what yours is-
So there it is, a later-than-intended intro to The Year of the Pig. As the Tortiose said to the Hare- I may be slow, but I get there in the end!
Plus here’s one of my favourite songs from Asian band MAYDAY- YOUR LEGEND!