Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of Chinese calendar. Binondo is one of the busiest destination in the Philippines during Chinese New Year with all of the tourists, media people, photography clubs, and vendors flocking along the streets, perhaps strolling around, buying some good old lucky charms or making their way to taste some delicacies Binondo is known for.
Year 2014 is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese Horoscope
Binondo is one of the places closest to my heart. I'm here almost every week where those weeks were only ordinary days to run my personal errand. But when 31st of January 2014 came, it was a very great excuse to bring a camera and witness the colorful celebration of Chinese New Year in the streets of Binondo.
Did you know that Binondo is the oldest chinatown in the world? This has became a huge business district in Manila and every time I step in Ongpin Street, I always thought that the community here is an inspiration. I'm seeing the hardwork and perseverance of the people and it's something we need these days.
people busy buying charms and 'pampaswerte'
Tikoy, made of glutinous rice, is the famous Chinese new year cake served during this occassion.
Castañas (Spanish for chestnuts) or roasted chestnuts are available in Ongpin Street anytime of the year
The family that works together, stays together
It was interesting to witness a dragon dance inside a business shop. The Chinese owner watched the dragon danced first before he put a red envelope with money inside the dragon's mouth.
Is the Eng Bee Tin store owner owns this building as well? The lucky color.
Another dragon dance in the street.
Year of the Horse!
Even festival dancers are in for a parade!
Who wants to buy?
with my friend Helen. Thanks Choose Philippines for my new shirt. :)
I suddenly miss my grandfather with my photobomb-er. :)
Now, that's the dragon.....fire!
" If I had a horse, I'd ride off in the sunset, where dreams, and shadows lie. To a life, where pain and sorrow don't exist, and to where hopes, and dreams become reality." - Lindsay Turcotte
Have a blessed year everyone!!!