New York Chinese Welcome New Year to Pell Street in a Snowstorm


Weegee, PM Daily, January 27, 1941

New York Chinese Welcome New Year to Pell Street in a Snowstorm
In the Chinese calendar, today is New Year’s – the 4639th, and the 30th of the Chinese Republic [year of the White Metal Snake]. Chinatown welcomed it at midnight with the traditional lion dance to drive away evil spirits. Weegee made this photo of the ceremony from a fire escape above the headquarters of the Hip Sing Chinese Association, 15 Pell St. The lion is animated by Richard Fong, 18, a University of California student who came east for the occasion, and Norman Lum, 26, a native New Yorker. This is the first time American-born Chinese have played lead roles in the ancient rite.

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