Today is the beginging of the Lunar New Year in many Asian countries and territories, including China, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. In 1873, Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar, though the lunar New Year is still celebrated in Okinawa. It’s the Year of the Dragon, which is supposed to be a very auspicious one. I’ve assembled some of my favorite photographs from our Asia trips to celebrate.
May you have a wonderful year!
Buddha in Hong Kong temple ©2007 Sue Mecklem
More Buddhas ©2007 Sue Mecklem
Wind Instrument Musician ©2007 Sue Mecklem
Golden Rat in Hong Kong ©2007 Sue Mecklem
Detail, Guksadang shamanist shrine, Seoul, Korea ©2008 Todd Mecklem
Detail of painted door, Bongwansa shamanist temple, Seoul ©2008 Todd Mecklem
Bananas & fish for sale, canal-side village near Zhongshan, China ©2007 Todd Mecklem
Ribbons in “wishing tree” near Zhongshan, China ©2007 Todd Mecklem
Incense coils in Hong Kung Temple, Macau ©2007 Todd Mecklem
For more information, this Wikipedia article is pretty robust.