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.