February – Gong Xi Fa Cai

For many, February is a brutal month, with winter at its worse, flu season at peak, and the sky looking as if it will never get blue again, but it is also when the Chinese celebrate the New Year, and this year they decided to do it in Zagreb.



Festively dressed Qin Shi Huang warriors (already wrapped for the trip back home) defending the main square in Zagreb

(please click on the photo to see the full size image)

In his monthly photo challenge Cardinal Guzman allows two options and one of them allows posting of a single photo representative of the month you are posting in, so here it is my take on February 2016.




50 Comments on “February – Gong Xi Fa Cai

  1. An amazing photo of a familiar place with an unfamiliar happening – and your signature sky.


    • I’m very glad that you still remember Zagreb, and I know that the sky was not merciful to you while you were here.


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  3. Yes, it’s the year of the monkey now. Finally we can all go ape shit and have a valid reason for it. 😀
    This scene looks weird enough without the statues wearing rain coats. Hehe. Thanks for this cool and colourful entry Paula.

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  4. What a wonderful pboto. Such brilliant colours then the quirkiness of the plastic wrap. It really made me look twice.


  5. Looks so colourful Paula. Would love to see more photos of this event. Interesting that the sculptures were covers in plastic.


    • They were in town just for the weekend and that was to meet our president and other 9its. That weekend I was in Slovenia, and only managed to see them wrapped on the day of departure. But honestly, I would not appear for the event with the president, prime minister and the mayor.

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        • They were fenced with rope. I was of course trying to jump the rope, but the man warned me that the Chinese people responsible for the sculptures which are really lanterns are watching me from a huge hotel window on the main square. So, no, I had no pleasure touching them, and verifying if their heads are really terracota :O

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  6. I really enjoyed seeing the sculptures covered too -before I read the post I just soaked up the image. Then – reading about how you described the different takes on February was nice – it “can” be brutal – even though thankfully it was mild for us this year here in Virginia.


  7. What a totally cool, in the moment photo. Perfect representation on February. I love the warriors but the fact that they are wrapped to be put away until next year is just fabulous. And what a backdrop.


    • I appreciate your visit Lisa. Thank you for paying such attention to my posts. February is the craziest of months, and this photo shows it somehow.

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    • Definitely not an every day sight :D. The music is a song usually played at Chinese New Year Celebrations. The title is a common way of wishing a happy New Year in Chinese, but it is mostly about wealth. 🙂 I think it is a child voice that sings it.

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  8. Wow! You had a Chinese New Year celebration in Zagreb. ..awesome! and the colourful dresses provide a lovely contrast to the overcast sky!


  9. Well that’s a great burst of colour to brighten your winter! Great shot Paula of your handsome Zagreb square, even in February!


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