In San Francisco the locals are gearing up for the big parade on the horizon to celebrate Chinese New Year and the triumphant entrance of the mighty Dragon!
Right now is an opportune occasion to take a trek down to Grant Street (the main strip in Chinatown) to marvel at all the preparations underway for what is bound to be one of the social and cultural (political, too, now that Mayor Lee is in power?) highlights of 2012.
Personally, I have always been intrigued by all the ancient traditions - the passing out of embossed red envelopes, the annual dances and rituals to ward off evil spirits, tea sampling, the exotic display of far eastern treasures in quaint storefront windows, merry-makers in delightful costumes, you name it!
Tattler readers may recall that I posted an in-depth feature on the rich historical past of San Francisco's fascinating Chinatown in recent years.
Each year, I trot down to catch the festive parade, then saunter on over to Grant Street to peruse all the spritely-colored tents vendors have erected wherein they flog their eclectic wares.
See 'ya there on February 11th, eh?