The year of the goat or is it the sheep??

And so begins a new year, well for the Chinese folk that is. February 2015 marked the end of the Year of the Horse and the celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Goat……some say sheep, but a new Chinese year whichever way you look at it, and welcomed in with a lot of colour and noise – earplugs are a prerequisite!

Chinatown in Cyrildene, JHB, was abuzz with people and festivities, despite the pouring rain! Some enterprising entrepreneurs had the foresight to walk around with bunches of brollies and when the heavens opened, they sold out fast!

Restaurants had tables preset, in the main road, but these were fast abandoned by shelter seeking patrons when the rain came down, drinks, food and chairs quickly forgotten.

The rain abated somewhat, and revelers came back out onto the street in throngs, awaiting the dragons and fireworks – as per usual, they were not disappointed! A stunning spectacle, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Fabulous evening, despite the rain!

Into the cosmos

Into the cosmos

Puff the magic dragon

Puff the magic dragon

Welcome to the Year of the goat

Welcome to the Year of the goat

Hiding from the noise

Hiding from the noise

Colourful

Colourful display

Bring earplugs

Bring earplugs

Scoff time

Scoff time

Swinging in the rain

Swinging in the rain

We are not amused

We are not amused

Wet wet wine

Wet wet wine

Watching and waiting

Watching and waiting

Not quite little tin soldiers

Not quite little tin soldiers

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One thought on “The year of the goat or is it the sheep??

  1. Super images. Of course I was born in the year of the sheep/goat so it was quite a special event for me 😉
    Fabulous images. The rain in London held out till after the dragon dancing, but unfortunately I left soon after that so didn’t get to see much afterwards.
    I didn’t realise that the new year was celebrated in quite such an elaborate affair in SA!! cool.
    The reason it’s called both goat and sheep:
    The Chinese word yáng refers both to goats and sheep, with shānyáng specifically goats and miányáng sheep.
    It’s a brilliant event and I always try to attend.
    For more about the London event http://3daysinlondon.info/2015/02/26/chinese-new-year-festival-london-2015/

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