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Old 06-06-2003, 11:00 PM
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Yes, remember the days so well as we all woke up to the sound of fire crackers.

My children would ask to be driven towards to sound of the fire works at which time you would see huge crowds gather to watch the dance followed by the retrieving of money from the top of the building and then they would move onto the next tradestore.

This would continue all round town all day long until they ran out of trade stores with long red fire crackers hanging down from their buildings.

Scott, this stopped when fire crackers were outlawed here in PNG many many years ago. You have to obtain a special permit nowadays to import such products so I guess it just got too hard !
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Old 07-06-2003, 10:59 AM
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no it is still going on - i was away at the time this year - so i am not certain it happenened but the previous few years it did.
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Old 08-06-2003, 02:34 PM
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Excellent News ! as it really was quite traditional for the Chinese New Year in Lae - I wonder about other areas of Papua New Guinea if this also happened ?
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2001 Chinese New Year in Lae

I believe there was a period of about 10 or 15 years where this tradition had been left to wither away, mainly due to security issues.

However, in 2001, the Lae Chinese Club Inc. organized a Lion Dance at various business houses and residential establishments.

These pics were taken on 01/01/01. Since then, the Club has organized the Lion Dance on both the New Year and the Chinese New Year.

It is now ongoing and hopefully will remain a strong tradition in Lae.
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2001 Chinese New Year in Lae - more pics

More pics - 01/01/01
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I remember us following the lion dancers as they moved around the chinese shops in a tipper truck through 6 mile and boroko. we still have the lion dancers here in darwin celebrating the chinese new year and visiting the chinese shops here also.
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Re: Chinese New Year in Lae, 1968 and 1970

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Who remembers New Year in Lae when the dancing dragon would visit each tradestore and weave his magic to the thundering roar of enormous strings of fireworks, and the beating of drums from the support vehicles.

The courage the young men of that time displayed when dancing under the fireworks still sticks in my memory.

Does this still happen each year?
This is down at China Town ....although I wasn't even born in 1968 , I can still remember that Tom Seeto Kin store. China Town is no more as most Chinese have either migrated to Aussie [that's the trend these days] or gone back to prosperous Hong Kong.
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Old 25-06-2003, 10:48 AM
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Lae 1970.

Amazing how close the public stood to the fireworks.
Well this is Top Town. This shop is now called 8-6 Shop !
Still looks the same though.
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Crowds following the Dragon, Lae 1968.

Can anyone tell me which street this is?
Hi Scott,

I copied this photo into my album, but it had me bamboozled for a while. I knew the white building was Andersons, and thought the blue building had to be the Commonwealth Bank, except if it was, it was in the wrong place, as you had to walk past the bank to get to Andersons, not the other way around. Then it dawned on me - the photo was back to front:-)

I think this was Sixth street, as Bob says the Commonwealth was opposite the police station (photo attached). If not, it had to be Seventh. One thing the map of Lae in your booklet isn't clear on is where the banks were - the numbers are too small to read. Come on, some of you old timers, help us out here!

Speaking of growing up in Lae, who else is prepared to admit having retained that very useful skill of picking things up with your toes? I impressed my aqua aerobics class no end a short while ago when one of the ladies dropped her sun glasses in the deep end of the pool and didn't want to get her hair wet diving for them. I nonchalantly picked them up with my toes and handed (or should that be footed?) them to her.

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