Yesterday my family and I went to Den Haag (The Hague) to see Chinese New Year celebration. Every year Chinese community in Den Haag organizes this Spring Festival by cooperating with The Hague municipality and The Hague Chinatown’s shops and restaurants. Welcoming the year of the goat, the celebration started with an official celebration in the city hall (Stadhuis).
Many VIPs were present; Chinese ambassador to The Netherlands, vice mayor of The Hague, chairman of Dutch Parliament, chairman of Dutch Justice department etc…etc…After too many speeches and welcome words, the dragons and lions entered the stage. The celebration started!
There were dans troupes from Szechuan region which came especially for this celebration. I snapped this actor, in an excellent green costume.
According to Chinese new year traditions lions and dragons come out to get rid off the evil spirits. Yesterday there were a numbers of lions and dragons participating in a parade around the Chinatown. The parade stopped every 10 meter in front of several shops and restaurants and the organisation lit up Chinese fire crackers. The stewards made really sure that the public stayed within a safe distance before the fire crackers went off.
When you happen to be in The Netherlands around Chinese New Year next year, come to Den Haag to see this. Don’t forget to bring the ear plugs as the fire crackers are real deal.
Closing this post, this was the scrumptious lunch I had. It was at Fat Kee Restaurant, Gedemptegracht 23 – 25, Den Haag. Pics were taken with my iPhone as the restaurant was poorly lit and I didn’t want to use flash with my DSLR. They were published yesterday on my Instagram account @yoyen2008.