Gong Xi Fa Cai

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANALY LABOR

Gaily festooned and decorated, Chinatown in Binondo once again served as the main hub of this year’s Chinese New Year celebration with people from all walks of life welcoming the Year of the Water Rabbit.

Fireworks greeted the welcomers, Chinese and non-Chinese alike, midnight last night with the oldest Chinatown in the world coming to life with balloons and streamers screaming Gong Xi Fa Cai!

As early as last week, stores, eateries and business establishments in Binondo hummed with activities as cash registers kept ringing with the influx of tourists. The iconic Chinese dragon danced its way to the hearts of many, keeping the tradition alive.

And of course, emerging as the most sought-after merchandise in the celebration was the ubiquitous tikoy, long regarded as a symbol of families seeking togetherness in these uncertain times.

With the dragon leading the pageantry to the tune of the drums, people filled the streets of Binondo and celebrated with the rabbit at the center of it all.

After the dramatic and often turbulent energy of the Water Tiger in 2022, the Year of the Water Rabbit according to experts, promises to bring gentler energy, a time of healing, of regaining inner balance, of serenity and tolerance.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


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