We went to celebrate the impending arrival of the year of the rabbit with the Auckland Chinese Community Centre at the ASB Showgrounds last Saturday. They did their best to help me into enduring poverty with everything that might bring me good fortune, not to mention the delicious foods and free displays of martial arts, dragon dances and more.
They also sold lucky bamboo of various types. Above is a closeup of an artfully woven cylindrical bundle of straight stems. You have to like the patterns and shades of green! And comes with abundant feng shui.
Of course, like many names, this one is misleading (I am talking about the bamboo part, don’t know anything about luck…). The plant (Dracaena sanderiana) is not related to bamboo at all, but a member of the lily family, originating from the rain forests of south east asia.
Always eager to celebrate something, it turns out that we jumped the gun (ever so slightly): the year of the rabbit begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. But I won’t hold it against the organisers.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!