Saturday, November 8, 2008

Together (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

This week's Photo Hunt theme is one that has various meanings; and I believe that a fair few are represented in these three photos taken of Shau Kei Wan's Tam Kung's Birthday Parade this past May. For one thing, it is an annual event and festive occasion that brings people together to showcase their group and community pride as well as just be plain happy together. Then there's it being so that the parade involves getting people to work together (i.e., combine to work with each other and at the same time in organized groups) to perform feats like getting 'lions' and 'dragons' up in the air, moving a giant unicorn's head along a parade route or displaying colorful banners and large flags with pride.

(And for those who love seeing images like this blog entry's, over here and here are Tam Kung festival photo-essays by me for you to check out! :b)


Anonymous said...

Those photos speaks a lot for itself and perfect for the theme this week! Great shots too:)

Enjoy your weekend!~

Anonymous said...

I love these Chinese festivals. Normally held with much fun and lots of people gathered together :)

Carver said...

Great take on the theme and I love the colorful, festive parade shots. Happy weekend.

Bengbeng said...

great pics here. my this week's post is inspired by u. when u commented on my blog today i remembered one of the first posts i read on yr blog was of tiles in penang old pre war houses. today's post is a copy cat one :)

Anonymous said...

Great photos! Love the colorful festivities.

Leslie said...

I love festivals and dragons. :) Great post! :)

Anonymous said...

Looks great shots. Happy hunting.

jmb said...

What lovely colourful photos YTSL of this festival and you tied it to the theme very well. Happy weekend to you.

CRIZ LAI said...

That sure was some great gathering. We do have all those festival celebration over here too. :)

Juliana RW said...

Nice shots. I don't see much Chinese festivals anymore since I live in here :((

My PH entry this week : in HERE and HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

YTSL said...

Hi Yen --

Thanks and so far, have most definitely been enjoying *this* weekend. (E.g., just came back from checking out an Arts in the Park festival!) :)

Hi Napaboaniya --

...and open to the public to enjoy too! :)

Hi carver --

Thanks and happy weekend to you too. :)

Hi Bengbeng --

Thanks and am glad I helped provide inspiration for a blog entry as beautiful as yours! :)

Hi Blur Mommy --


Hi Leslie --

Then you definitely would love the Tam Kung festival parade! :)

Hi Gen/Entry --

Thanks. Funny thing though is that they're similar (and not first choice compared) to those I have in the photo essays I've linked to! ;)

Hi JMB --

Glad you like the photos. Looking at other people's photos: I think I generally got more abstract than others with regard to the meaning of together but... ah, well, think it turned out okay in the end. :)

Hi Criz Lai --

Never saw a Tam Kung Birthday parade in Penang, to be honest. Or even unicorns on parade; only dancing lions for the most part!

Hi Picturing of Life --

"In here" = ?? (Somewhere in the US, I gather but I saw a cool Chinese New Year celebration in Philadelphia Chinatown once! ;b)

Tanchi said...

great idea:)
chinese new beautiful

Phoenix said...

What great pictures, I think they fit the theme wonderfully! :)

Gattina said...

Love the dragon ! and everything looks so colorful !

Jackie said...

Wonderful take on the theme. I love all of the bright colors and everyone is having so much fun!!

Great pick!!

Happy week end!!:-)))

KJ said...

Interesting take on the theme!

Anonymous said...

A colourful scene alTogether.
I think we see much variety today and wide interpretations

Anonymous said...

They look such fun, so colourful and spectacular! I like your definitions of togetherness.

Fishman said...

Nice colourful shots! All celebrations bring people together.

jams o donnell said...

Great shots. the festivals are so bright and cheerful. Happy weekend

Anonymous said...

Yes, "together" can have so many meanings to people and can be in many mine! ;)

Happy PH!

RJ Flamingo said...

Nice, nice, nice!

YTSL said...

Hi Tanchi --

Er... actually, the photos are *not* of Chinese New Year festivities... :S

Hi Phoenix --

Thanks! :)

Hi Gattina --

Dragons are great, aren't they? ;b

Hi Shinade --

Exactly re people looking to have fun -- participants and spectactors alike! :)

Hi Kat --

Glad you think so! :)

Hi Aileni --

Agreed re seeing much variety and many interpretations of this week's Photo Hunt theme. It makes for a lot of fun! :b

Hi A. --

Thanks, glad you like! :)

Hi Fishman --


Hi Jams O'Donnell --

Aren't they just? ;)

Hi Mariposa --

Heheh re your not-so-subtle invite to check out your Photo Hunt entry! ;D

Hi RJ Flamingo --

Thanks x 3! :)))

Anonymous said...

Festivals are one of the fun ways to get together. There are a lot to see and enjoy.

LibertyBelle said...

Your photos are so bright and colorful!
Great job!
Happy weekend

Tanchi said...

im so sorry:)
my bad...
i though you are featuring chinese new year..coz there are also dragons:)

Hootin Anni said...

Ahhhhh, yes, you're so right. Events do bring people together. And such bright, wonderful, event photos you've shared.

My together is posted, do hope you can jump over and view my two different photos for this week's theme.

Happy Hunting.

MaR said...

What unique pictures for the theme, a colorful tradition!

Anonymous said...

How fun! Love the colorful party atmosphere!

Oh... yes, it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop on my railroad tracks...

Liz Hinds said...

Looks like great fun. Very colourful and good for lots of people to be enjoying it together.

Dragonstar said...

Lovely, very colourful shots to illustrate the theme. These photos work perfectly.
Thanks for your kind comment on mine.

PastormacsAnn said...

I agree - these are all great choices for together. I like that last one with everyone helping move the unicorn along!

SabineM said...

looks like fun! gorgeous colors

Anonymous said...

fabulous toetherness

Unknown said...

Wow - now I think that is a party to celebrate together!

H e n r i c k said...

Awesome... it's a team work for the lion and dragon dances. All the performers needed to work together to make it a wonder show. :)

earthlingorgeous said...

Nice! I always like to watch the dragon dance :) It does bring people together and watch in amazement!


Maureen Hayes said...

Great cultural photos, and I learned something from them as well.

Check out my take on the topic at:

Happy photo hunt!

Rebecca Mecomber said...

I really love the bright colors. Thanks for such vivid photos and explanation!

Mrs. Mecomber

Anonymous said...

like a chinese new year's parade, dragons and all

Patsy said...

Wonderful photos. Yes a parade does bring people together on several levels. My hubby serves as parade chairman for a local parade. It takes a lot of people working together to pull it off.

Thanks for dropping by earlier. I have no idea why the flamingos were that color, but I didn't retouch the color. It may have been because of the color that I photgraphed them. It is unusual.

Smalltown RN said...

oh how wonderfully colourful...great choice of for the theme....

Brine Queen said...

Very colorful. I love going to the new year parades they have around here, just for that reason!

JO said...

looks like a fun day!

A single entry for Friday Fun and Photo Hunt for me this week...

Debbie@Like a Rose said...

Great, colorful photos of todays theme.

Anonymous said...

Nice choice of this week's theme!

sammawow said...

What wonderful pictures! I love parades of any kind!

YTSL said...

Hi Lynn --

Agreed! :)

Hi LibertyBelle --

Thanks and it *has* been a wonderful weekend thus far! :)

Hi again Tanchi --

Thanks for coming back and writing some more comments! Funny thing is that parades aren't something places with majority Chinese seem to be that much into. But then what do I know as this past Chinese New Year, I took advantage of being on holiday to go hiking one day! ;D

Hi Hootin' Anni --

Not to worry, yup, did go check out your own take on "together"... ;)

Hi Mar --

Thanks and agreed re it being a colorful tradition. So glad that that the Shau Kei Wan community have kept it up. :)

Hi JC --

Party atmosphere is certainly right. And oooo re my sense of that photo of yours being correct! :)

Hi Liz --

Yep and what I really like about that parade is seeing the happy spectactors range in age from pre-teens all the way to really old men and women. :)

Hi Dragonstar --

Thanks and you're welcome re the comments! :)

Hi PastorMac's Ann --

Yeah re that last photo: You just can feel the effort they're making, can't you? :)

Hi SabineM --

Indeed! :)

Hi Snap2Days --


Hi Expat Traveler --

A grand birthday party it is (was) indeed! :)

Hi Henrick --

Absolutely agree with what you wrote! :)

Hi earthlingorgeous --

Sounds like you're quite the veteran dragon dance spectator! ;b

Hi Maureen Hayes --

Cool that you learnt something from the blog entry. :)

Hi Mrs Mecomber --

You're welcome and thanks for taking the time to read as well as look. :)

Hi 2lives --

Funny thing is that I don't think I've ever been to a Chinese new year parade! (I wonder: are they perhaps uniquely Chinese American thangs? ;b)

Hi Patsy --

Wow, parade chairman: Sounds like quite a major responsibility. And I'm sure you help out too! :)

Hi Smalltown RN --

Thanks! :)

Hi Brine Queen --

So long as they're not overcrowded (like one Thanksgiving Parade I attended in New York), parades can be VERY enjoyable indeed! :)

Hi Jo --

It was/is! :)

Hi Debbie --

Thanks! :)

Hi Nita --

Thanks to you also! :)

Hi Sammawow --

You, me and a lot of others, it seems! :)

Marites said...

i've always enjoyed Chinese festivals. It's always colorful, loud and joyous! my PH entry is up too.

YTSL said...

Hi "me, the islands and the world" --

Sounds to me like you got descriptions of many a Chinese festival nailed down! ;b

Janet said...

All the pictures are gorgeous, but that first one is just spectacular!!!

YTSL said...

Hi Janet --

Thanks for the late visit. As the proverbial 'they' say: better late than never! ;b