Celebrating Chinese New Year in Downtown Manila

Yesterday I was talking to someone about Chinese New Year and how I miss celebrating it with friends and colleagues in Manila.

I used to work at a publishing office somewhere in downtown Manila. The area was right beside Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in Southeast Asia. The sheer proximity afforded me plenty of meaningful cultural experiences that our Filipino-Chinese brothers and sisters have been sharing for many years. 

What is Chinese New Year without the tikoy? It’s a round sticky cake that we cut into small slices, dip in beaten egg and fry ’til they turn golden brown. 

The dragon dance and dragon parade is also a lovely spectacle to witness if you happen to be in the old Chinatown. Treats are usually given by commercial stores and New Year mementos are being peddled and sold everywhere. 

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year in your country?

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