Monkeying Around in Chinatown 8 – 9 Feb 2016
Today is the official start of Chinese New Year, although of course yesterday there were lots of ‘preliminary’ activities, including putting on red clothes, setting off firecrackers, decorating homes (in red with posters, calligraphy & lanterns), paying respect to the ancestors and giving money (in red envelopes!) to children and employees.
If you were born in the year of the monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004) better be careful cause this particular ‘fire monkey year’ might be ambitious and adventurous, but also irritable quickly.
In Bangkok’s Chinatown there will be lots of activities today and tomorrow, apart from the whole town being decorated in red, you can expect street fanfares and cultural festivities, including dragon lion acrobatic dances, firecrackers and much more.
Don’t forget to visit at least one of the Chinese temples shrines, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Kuan Yim Shrine, Leng Buai Ia Shrine, or Wat Kanma Tuyaram.
Street stalls are selling all kinds of red nick-nacks, such as monkey puppets, paper dragons, gold fish and other eye-catching objects.
Be sure to have your camera, mobile phone ready and a power pack in your bag, because this is a photographers delight!