imageThis is the second time I celebrated Chinese New Year.

It is the year of the ape and I took my friend Noc and the kids with me to Östasiatiska museum.

The celebration was okay, but it could have been better. For one, a bigger dragon would be more exciting. And the dance should be cheerier, coming in with a bang!

I suppose the dance number would work better with more dancers – the way Tiananmen Square could be filled. But since there were but a few dancers in Stockholm, the whole dance number seemed lifeless.

The yellow lion did quite well, it interacted with the audience.

My article comparing different new year celebrations in Asia published in Oman Daily Observer.

My article comparing different new year celebrations in Asia published in Oman Daily Observer.

The first time I celebrated Chinese New Year was in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in the 1990’s. The dragon came to the hotel where I lived. It was so big it could reach the second floor.

I also experienced Thai New Year and wrote about it for Oman Daily Observer. On New Year’s day in Thailand, people splash and pour water on each other.

Footnote: Three weeks later, I met at a vernissage a man who works as sound technician for Östasiatiska Museet, particularly with exhibits in Bergrummet. Such a small world!