The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple has taken on a festive hue for Chinese New Year, enhanced by darkness as I realized when I walked past it last night. Suddenly the temple guardian at the Mountain Gate was more fierce and real than ever before, protecting the entrance with a bold stance and a menacing, shadowed face. He glared at me, slowed me in my tracks, with right hand open in a pose that said, “STOP! Take my picture! It’s Chinese New Year!” So I did.