Like most people, we have been aware of Chinese New Year when the media brings it up each February. We did not pay a whole lot of attention to it in the past, except when Lorraine taught a unit on it in her classroom. Experiencing Chinese New Year within an Asian culture, however, is unique. Bangkok has a rather large Chinatown, measuring approximately one square kilometer. Since our arrival here, there have been numerous advertisements regarding the upcoming Lunar New Year. We had visited Chinatown briefly during one of our earlier excursions and decided that a return visit was a must in order to experience the celebrations for ourselves. Organizers turned the main road through Chinatown into a pedestrian walkway for this event. As you will see in the following pictures, this was quite a colorful and entertaining experience.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.