I was told that hairdressers raise their prices on this day because it's at traditional day to get a haircut, especially children. And good for them, say I. Supply and demand.
Although it's obviously good for the hairdressers to wield their scissors, I read that women are not supposed to do any mending at this time, because their needles might poke the eye of the dragon. Imagine then, my surprise and alarm when I turned around in the hotel room and saw this:
Apart from doing the one thing that we weren't supposed to do, we didn't observe Dragon Head Raising day in any special way. We had a nice reunion weekend in Beijing, the sky was actually blue, the weather was warm, and we enjoyed ourselves with some ex-pat friends.
China's cities -- or at least the ones that I've seen -- are lavishly planted with trees and flowering shrubs, so springtime is an especially nice time of year.