All through the night…

It has been raining a lot around here but that certainly did not dampen anyone’s spirit or in any way, affect all the joy and excitement to welcome and usher in the Year of the $$$$$$$$nake…

…and it has been going on like this every night since.

This is what you will get to see outside most houses here the morning after…

The morning after

I did not bother to get up and go out to watch though as I was rather worn out from all the preparations the whole day on Chinese New Year’s Eve. I did manage to sleep a bit that night but just before 7.00 a.m., I was awakened by the explosive sounds of firecrackers in the neighbourhood. This time, I got up to see what was going on and lo and behold! One of my neighbours was having some lion dancers come over to their place…

Lions 1

…so very early in the morning. There were not one, but two lions!

Lions 2

Ah well, after all, it IS Chinese New Year! I noticed that most of the dancers were speaking Iban (a local Sarawak’s ethnic language) among themselves though! That certainly is in keeping with the 1Malaysia spirit, true and true.  Interesting!

Hmmmm…looks like some of my neighbours’ “good luck” spilled over into my garden and onto my patio as well…

Good luck...

…and this dropped right into the middle of my house compound…

...from the sky

…while we were in the house having our mee sua for longevity and prosperity – a Kong Ming lantern! I hear it is of great significance in Taiwan.

Well, it’s the 4th Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year today…

Hong sek

…and to all those celebrating, have fun!

FOOTNOTE:
It is Ash Wednesday today marking the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent, the time for reflection and repentance for Christians and a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. With all due respect, I have refrained from having any food pics in today’s post…and to whom it may concern, have a Holy and Blessed Season of Lent.