Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Year of the Dragon

So the fiancé and I attended the Chinese New Year celebrations in Cyrildene last Saturday… Loud, colourfull, crazy and fabulous! The entire street was closed off to traffic and filled to the brim with tables spilling out of the restaurants, street vendors frying meats on open fires, red lanterns and dragon dancers marching to loud beating drums.

The atmosphere was electric, and we found ourselves surrounded by men in lion suites blessing the stores, exceptionally loud crackers (that are apparently used to expel bad spirits) and a display of stunning fireworks. People mill around the street, some snacking on street food and others dining on elaborate set menus – the smells are intoxicating! We settled on some plastic chairs and watched as the last of the fireworks and lanterns disappeared into the night.

We’ll definitely book a table for ourselves and a group of friends next year – the traditional set menus that include a whole steamed Cantonese fish looked utterly delicious!

PS If you are sensitive to smoke and noise I suggest taking along some ear plugs!

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