Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Lion Dance

It has become plainly evident that China does not mess around when it comes to ringing in their New Year. They don't celebrate for just one day, they party for the WHOLE WEEK. Once the parade ends, The Lion Dance continues, even to the very next day. I spent quite a bit of time with these guys following them around like one of the groupies. The dragon prances down the streets from shop to shop, dancing and performing at the entrance to the rhythmic beat of drums and cymbals, and then snatches what appears to be a red envelope hanging from the doorway with the mouth of the beast as if mimicking to swallow. I believe that it is meant to be some sort of good luck charm that brings fortune and prosperity. Then they'll trot their way inside and comically harass the shopkeepers a little more with some more playful antics and dancing, and then repeat the process down the road until all of the shopkeepers have been properly assaulted with a healthy dose of dragon love.

20 comments:

  1. Sandie2/21/2012

    Lots of energy around those dragons. What a fun way to celebrate.

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  2. danblackonleadership2/21/2012

    This is supper cool. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Interesting! Coincidentally, your post gives me the opportunity to announce the celebration of my birthmonth, February. February 1st started out with the traditional gifts and cards. Today, the twenty-second day of my birthmonth, the celebration continues. My company has called to inquire of my whereabouts. My wife told them it's my birthmonth, and I'm taking it off. They said they hoped I got a lot of cash gifts, because I was going to need them. Today is the day of the banana. That's the day all my friends send me bananas. I hope some of them think "banana" is a cool way to say "hundred dollar bill." I'm in with this Chinese celebration! 

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  4. Haha.. happy birthmonth, dude. If you're gonna celebrate then you might as well do it in style. I hope you got lots of bananas (or 100 hundred dollar bills).

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  5. You were right. They LOVE fireworks, and are not afraid to use them.

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  6. These guys are really a blast to be around. You never know what hey are going to come up with next.

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  7. Yes, lots and lots of energy..and FIRECRACKERS. Oh boy, do they love firecrackers.

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  8. That's pretty wild.  What a neat culture.  I don't see this translating to where I live right now... they would probably spend the night in the pen.

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  9. That must be quite something to see, very magical

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  10. Haha that is brilliant! What a crazy sight.

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  11. Haha, too fun! I love Chinatown in LA- well anywhere really. They are always loud and happy places.

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  12. Heh, not sure if that would make a very good prison story..

    "What are you in for?"

    "Assault with deadly firecracker with intent to party."

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  13. Oh yes, they definitely know how to have a blast.

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  14. Great party. I repeatedly found myself ducking for cover to keep from getting hit by firecracker particles!

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  15. Hey there! Yes, lots of energy in the atmosphere. The mystique of it all is very engaging.

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  16. I bet! It must be incredible to see it in person. It must really tell a story

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  17. Oh yes, a beautiful tale of magic and wonder that is an incredible sight to witness.

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  18. Magic and wonder sounds blissful

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  19. Yes. I can't wait to show you more!

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