Lion Dance is a traditional art form that incorporates physical training commonly associated with martial arts and esthetic expressions. The lion dance is an excellent example of Chinese folk culture, which has spread across the world with Chinese immigration. Overseas Chinese in Europe, America, etc., have established many lion dance clubs, performing on Chinese festivals or big occasions, particularly Chinese New Year for good luck, as it is believed that the lion is an auspicious animal. Performed in a resplendent lion costume, accompanied by the beating of drums, clashing of cymbals and resounding gongs, the dance imitates a lion’s movements and agility.
At the invitation of our recreation club, the dragon and lions from a Lion Dance Troupe took centre stage at the stroke of 11.00am on 18 February 2016, to usher in good luck and fortune in the Year of the Monkey—much to the delight of the Management and staff, who were present to revel in the lunar new year celebratory mood.