It was a cold, rainy day for the Vancouver Chinese New Year parade, and I pretty much missed the whole thing because I couldn’t get down there soon enough. I only managed to get a shot of these lions:
Several teams of lions, each accompanied by a drum-and-cymbal group on wheels, went around to different storefronts in Chinatown doing a little dance and lighting firecrackers.
Businesses were hanging cabbage and hóngbāos from their awnings. I think the lions took the hóngbāo as their pay and “ate” the cabbage, which ended up all over the sidewalk, but I’m not sure. That’s a pretty sketchy part of Vancouver and some random guy flinging cabbage wouldn’t necessarily be all that out of place.
For the significance of the cabbage, see “Two questions re： cabbages and toilets”. A hóngbāo (红包) is the special red envelope with money in it that people give one another during Chinese New Year and at weddings. One of our foreigner friends in Tianjin had an interesting hóngbāo experience this Chinese New Year while staying with a Chinese family.