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Our WorldEnjoying the festival of the Chinese New Year has always been a favourite of ours.
This year we celebrated with friends on Friday January 31 in a restaurant that was having a Lion Dance troupe come in and entertain us.

I managed to take some photos but with so many people and tables and the Lion on the go all the time it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be
Anyway enjoy!

Ready to come in the door
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1 Preparing to come in

The lion was accompanied by musicians beating a huge drum, cymbals, and gongs and an additional figure, a Laughing Buddha with a facial mask. This character tempts the lion with a fan or a giant ball.

5432 The drum

 

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During the Chinese New Year, it is a tradition for the lion to go from business to business to perform. The business owners “feed” the lion with oranges, a head of lettuce or bok choy which includes a red envelope filled with money. This brings prosperity to the business for the upcoming year.

Feeding the lion with the traditional red envelopes.

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And here is leaving us to finish our meal after blessing the business and kitchen

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Heres a little bit of written information you might be interested in about the Lion Dance tradition and customs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_dance

http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/GlenDoyle/liondance.html

http://www.eleonora-kungfu.nl/liondance.html

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