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My Year of the Dog, 2018, Lunar New Year Album

Monday, February 12, 2018

I walked across the street to the UCI campus to check out the Lunar New Year 2018, Year of the Dog celebration. When I got there, I realized I was too early because it starts at 3:30 pm instead of 1 pm. So, I decided to take some snapshots of the decorations before the event starts.

The event included singing performances, Jodaiko drummers, Lion Dance performances, introductions of UCI’s Dean of Social Sciences, Chinese Culture  Center dance performances, UCI Theatre Woks, musical presentations, calligraphy demos, South Coast Plaza red envelopes, Wishing Wheel game and other games, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Year of the Dog lanterns, Wishing Trees, photo booth and festival games for kids, and UCI art major, Max Li demonstrates an 1800 process wet plate collodion photography, TinType, in which I participated in for fun.

I wrote bunch of wishes on a red ribbon with a coin at the end, and then hung it on the Wish Tree. It is the one in the center, in the photograph below.

Close-up shot of my red ribbon wish hanging off a branch and waving with the wind.

Wow, it looks really windy in this photograph!

A red Porsche on display, probably placed there by South Coast Plaza.

Year of the Dog decoration. How cute…

UCI’s Mascot, Peter the Anteater, dressed in a red traditional Chinese outfit.

I think this green thing is the Pick Up Stix mascot.

I wrote three more wishes and tied to to this mini tree Wish Tree.

These colorful feathers bundled together is a hackysack, which was a popular game during the 80s. I thought it was just pretty feather decorations.

Just some little souvenirs I picked at up at the booths. 

The Chinese artist was displaying her work below.

I also did some videos of the event, but I haven’t uploaded them yet.The videos depict the crowd celebrating together at the event from 3:30 pm to 7 pm, but I left around 5:30 pm because I wanted to check out a Photography Meetup.

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Written by Fifi Leigh

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