20 February 2010

CNY – Day 7 : Lion Dance

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This is the first year where both kids are well enough to enjoy the Lion Dance our estate arranges every Chinese New Year. We got downstairs early enough to snap a few pictures before the ceremonies began. Nothing too fancy or dramatic to the ceremonies. Essentially, just some Chinese New Year greetings from the Owners’ Committee and then the Lion Dance started.

Here you see the three lions resting before the program began.

A few tall poles were set up and part of the lion dance included one of the lions prancing up to the poles and doing a little dance on top.
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After the lion dance was over, the God of Fortune came around and handed out lai see packets and gold (chocolate) coins.

One of the lions was made available for photo ops. There was a long queue behind us, so I couldn't really take my time getting some shots. I’d originally wanted each kid to stand on either side of the lion, but Zoë was a bit scared and wanted to hold Josh’s hand.

As we were queuing up for the photo op, the other lions went to each building to “eat the green (vegetables).” The vegetables are tied to lai see packets with a red string. This is then dangled from 8-10 feet off the ground and the lion dancers have to do acrobatic moves to get to the “green.”

After it successfully gets the “green,” the man manipulating the head of the lion takes the lai see and tucks it away safely. Then he cuts up the veggies into pieces and “spits” them back out to the crowd –left, right, middle… to symbolize spreading prosperity in all directions.

The children then rush forward to pick up the pieces… for luck. While the lion and its entourage –the drummer, the cymbalists, and the gong man (gongist? gong-er?), –move away to go back to their base to the beat of dong dong chang, dong dong chang!

After all that excitement, Josh and Zoë didn’t feel like going home yet. I let them run around a bit to burn off excess energy.

While I took the opportunity to get more shots of them in their red outfits. Be warned. There will be a post coming up with lots of Zoë and lots of red… once I am done editing! In the meantime, I leave you with this:

Have a wonderful weekend!


Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That looks like so much fun! They are both so cute in their red. Such adoration for her big brother.

Alicia said...

You take such great pictures! Your camera is awesome! You don't even need a DSLR!!

Your kiddos look soooo cute!!!

Serline said...

I used to love the foil wrapped chocolate gold coins when I was a child. It's a great opportunity for the children to enjoy the traditional lion dance. I love watching it too.

hypermom said...

Happy new year! It's going to be a great one :) Your garbed-in-red kiddos are cute!

Aunt LoLo said...

Aaaaah!!! So, so cute. Does the lion dance not take place until Day 7? I think our lion dance, in NYC, is today.

Aunt LoLo said...

I linked. Again. ;-)

LPC said...

Those outfits. I'm suffering from cuteness attack!

Yelena R. said...

That looks like so much fun...and the last photo is just priceless :)

Booklover1212 said...

Beautiful photos! So colorful! Looks like such a good time!

~ Jennifer

Imperfect Stepford Wife said...

So here I am and not to late hmm? Happy New Year, I am happy to get to know you better and your blog is the best place to start.

Your photos speak a million languages, so vivid, and your children are darlings.

CottageGirl said...

What BEAUTIFUL children you have!
Your pictures are so lovely ... Glad everyone was well enough to enjoy the day!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

your kids are too stinking cute. I love that last shot. Love all the photos of the festivities too.

Nezzy said...

I just love red! What a fun event for your two cuties to enjoy!

God bless and enjoy your Saturday!!!

Anita said...

Do they love each other as much as they appear to? I'm sure they do! :)
Love all the festive pictures.

Tezzie said...

Your kids are sooo adorable. Love that last shot with adoration lit up in Zoë's eyes...
Really interesting reading and seeing such beautiful pictures from a part of the world that is so different from mine! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for your kind comments on my blog :D

Emily said...

What an incredible event; your kids are adorable! Thanks for sharing this tradition!

Bri said...

New follower from FFF at MBC :)


Cascia said...

That looks like a lot of fun. I love their colorful costumes!

Sarah said...

What great photos! I would love to experience something like that. And Happy Chinese New Year! We celebrated last week by going out for Dim Sum. Yummy!!

I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

That looks so neat and your kids are, as always, adorable!!! I love the last pic when your daughter is looking up at her brother. PRICELESS!

Wanda said...

Fabulous pictures, my friend.

I love their New Year's fashions!

Dahlia is hanging onto my shoulders right now and pretending to be afraid of the lion dancers. It's safer just seeing your pictures of them than actaully seeing them in person.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a fun adventure! And what a great picture of the two of them! Oh my goodness. They are the sweetest little things! : )

golonghorns said...

Way cool! Love the red outfits!!!

Me said...

lovely kids you have....!

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