Monday 18 February 2013

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance

This is something that is only seen during Chinese New Year Markets Days in New Zealand.

In Singapore, you see and hear them everywhere throughout the Chinese New Year period.  You see a lot of Lion Dances during the first few days of the New Year (please leave a comment below if this is incorrect).

According to traditional Chinese belief, the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority.  The lion's dance is performed to chase away ghosts and evil spirits.

A shop, business (or household) being visited by the performers of the Lion Dance will have good luck in the year to come (keep in mind that a visit normally has to be prepaid) and should a family member of owner of a business stick his or her hand into the lion's mouth, the year to come will even be more lucky and prosperous.

We had brunch with friends at Melt - The World Cafe, located inside the Mandarin Oriental, and I managed to capture this Lion Dance being performed.

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome! I have been dying to see a lion dance.


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