Monday, January 30, 2012

The Year of the Dragon begins.

I went to a religious, semi-private event that took place in Vietnamese, Mandarin and English. It was mentioned that dragons are significant because they fly, and are thus, closer to Heaven than the other animals that show up every year.

There was some Vietnamese music and dancing. The dancing was movements of slow waves that went in stops and starts. This was also a time when expensive silk outfits are worn.

At the end, people got to take an envelope from a money tree. It was a bare tree in a pot, with red envelopes clipped on. It symbolizes prosperity for the coming year. I had originally thought of taking one, but there were so many little kids that I didn't dare.

Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 Events

This post will get longer as the year goes on. It's a catalog of the events that were written about, both ahead of time and after the fact.


ICF 340 Sandwich Sale, El Cajon

Tet, Garden Grove

The Golden Dragon Parade, Los Angeles


The Pan-African Film Festival


Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Festival

San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival


The Long Beach Holland Festival


Camarillo Greek Festival

Write up of the ICF 340 Sandwich Sale

This one caught me by surprised. I was there, and they had the sale. They were out of their tomato and onion sauce, but my meatball sandwich was still fantastic. Unlike other places, you get a lot of meat, and the meatballs stay between the bread.