Without really planning it, I ended up in NYC's Chinatown on this past Monday, the Lunar New Year. Though it was cold and clammy and snowing on and off, the festivities were in full swing. Pairs of lions, accompanied by bands of percussionists, roamed the streets.
The lions entered open shops and restaurants, and usually, they got fed red envelopes in return.
I happened to be inside a Citibank, taking money out from an ATM, when a pair of lions came in, looking for treats. An employee talked to them and seemed to come to some agreement with them, as one went into the back, and the other swooped up the stairs.
Every shop was selling confetti cannons, two for $5, and there was confetti everywhere. God bless NYC's sanitation workers.
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.