Congratulations, Pat, for the very original banner image!
Thanks, Anders, for the never-chosen-before theme!
The Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey, starts on Feb. 8, but yesterday and today the many thousands of Chinese living in Lisbon have already kicked off the celebrations. This afternoon, I happened to walk through a park where many Chinese were attending traditional performances.
Giving red envelopes is a custom at the Chinese New Year (I stopped just to take the photos but I believe the envelopes would be given to the children who were wearing traditional attires to perform Chinese dances)