Photos: An auspicious day for Chinese toddlers to get shaved, and cry.
The second day of the second month on the Chinese lunar calendar, and, superstitiously, the day on which the dragon raises its head (龙抬头), signifying an uptick in the luck. On this day, Chinese people, young and old, often flock to either old-school barbershops or modern hair salons to get a hair-cut. For children, it is called “shaving a lucky head”; for adults, it is “shaving a dragon’s head”. Whatever the name is, it is a gesture of waving goodbye to the past and looking forward to the future in the hope of inviting good luck and prosperity. This year, the important hair-cut day falls on February 23.
On the early morning of February 23, customers were queuing inside Silian Barbershop, a reputable and time-honored store in Beijing. According to vice manager Zhu Xingyu, the shop received at least three times as many customers as usual.
Jing Kui, 98, the oldest surviving barber in Beijing (the one with white hair in both photos), retired years ago, and yet he still had customers coming over for him on the hair-cut day.
Toddlers don’t seem to fancy and embrace the tradition as much as the adults. Therefore, we have present a series of photos that will surely make you chuckle and even cry foul. However, do believe that the act is well-meant, and most kids, after their tantrums go away of their own accord, do come to appreciate their new hair-dos.
A Monkey King pattern.
A couple in Huaibei, Anhui province were shaving their male–female twins (Note: an endearing nickname for such twins is “Dragon-Phoenix Infants”).
In Shanghai, a veteran barber was doing a “baby doll” hair-cut for the little girl.
In Changchun, Jilin province, some young people favor hair-cuts featuring a dragon pattern.
A traditional Chinese character for the word “Dragon”.