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Over centuries, Lion Dance has been performed occasionally in Chinese community's new years, festivals, special events, even weddings. Some believes it's not merely a ceremonial dance, but also spiritual ritual to bring good fortunes and blessings.
Lion Dance requires various skill sets from its performers: theatricality, dance movements, acrobatic actions and Chinese martial arts: kung fu. Sometimes, they even perform the dance on poles!
After the performance, the crowd would offer red envelopes (hong bao) with some money inside to the lions to get blessings in return.
From my childhood until today, Lion Dance has always been fascinating to me. I'm looking forward to seeing another performance in the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration on Monday the 8th of February.
Here is a link to more comprehensive history of Chinese Lion Dance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_dance
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Happy New Year everyone!