At last, after years of waiting, I finally experienced Chinese New Year in Binondo!!!
My objective was to watch and shoot a dragon and lion dance. The moment I heard a vicious beating of drums, I run towards to the area where the sounds are coming and found a lot of people circling around some performers, but they're not dragon/lion dancers, some kind of ati-atihan group that joined the business of giving and collecting envelopes to all in exchange for some dance and fire eating. I stayed for a while, shoot some and walk away.
I saw some dragons "walking", and the mere sight of them excites a lot of people (including me) and before I can say dragon, people swirled around them and have their pictures taken. I thought it was a main recipe for chaos and I was in the middle of it, so I excused myself and settled in the nearest corner, and took my time shooting.
As I went my home, I walked again going the Sta. Cruz way, it was a long walk as I stopped every chance I got to see a dragon dance, and taking picture of other stuffs. I also waited in line to get my share of shanghai fried siopao. Oops, sorry, no picture of the actual siopao, I forgot hehehe.
If the next Chinese New Year falls on a weekday, will it be a holiday again?
Hopefully, so I can go back and dance with the dragon and lion again!!! :)