This 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.
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!