Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái


Happy New Year!  Today is Chinese New Year, the year of the Rabbit! To anyone of the Elmer Fudd persuasion, leave the Wabbits alone, go Duck hunting  🙂

Last night there was a display of Festive Lanterns, or Khom Fai, to mark the occasion in Guyana, and it was a very nice display, if you got there in time.  And when I say in time I mean before the time that was originally advertised.  Originally billed for a 7pm start (even one of the organisers Facebook page has it that way still) there was apparently a change during the day and it was moved up, anyone reaching for 7pm would have missed it (almost entirely), I arrived 15 minutes before seven and almost missed it  🙂  Maybe next year I’ll camp out an hour before hand.  It was held at the Parade Ground, Georgetown.

It’s not a great photo, but it gives you the idea of what went on!

Festive Lanterns. Handheld, 0.3s, f/3.5, ISO 3200
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22 thoughts on “Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái

  1. Glad you didn’t miss it, wish I could have made the time (ironically, if I knew it was earlier I probably would have tried harder 🙂

    From yours and Fidal’s it looks like it was a photogenic event.

  2. Beautiful capture, nice mix of people and lanterns. I’d always feel that people get in the way and ruin a photo but it works very well in your capture. Well done.

    1. Thanks Paul, same to you. It’s amazing the amount of “english” spellings I’ve seen for it 🙂 I wish I knew more about my heritage, but then I’d have to learn about two sides of it won’t I? (Chinese and Portuguese)

  3. Hi Michael
    Kung Hee Fat Choy
    Love the photo
    Today February 3, 2011, we are celebrating the arrival of the Chinese lunar calendar year 4079, or in zodiac terms, the year of the rabbit.
    Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous Chinese Lunar New Year!
    Regards
    Cecil

  4. Great Photo Mike, Happy New year to you.
    They tested one earlier and it was really nice to see it floating away, people cheered too!

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