Lion Dance Performance to Usher in Luck and Prosperity in the Year of the Monkey
Event Date: 18 February 2016
Event Name: “Lion Dance Performance to Usher in Luck and Prosperity in the Year of the Monkey”
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.
The lions danced to the beat of the drums and gongs. The eyelids of the lions twinkled with bobbing head movements supposedly to enhance their vitality and longevity. Close to a hundred JEL staffs gathered at the JEL compound near the lobby, enthralled and entertained by the acrobatic moves of the two lions.
Performed by a dozen dancers, the dragon made wave-like movements in chase of a pearl, symbolising the pursuit of wisdom. This was followed by the lions performing the traditional custom of “cai qing” or “picking of greens”. The dance routine involved the picking of auspicious vegetables which were hung high up—a symbolic act which signified abundance for the year. The lions were then rewarded with mandarin oranges; after which, they spat out the orange skin and pith, representing good luck. The fruits were arranged into auspicious words and numbers before being presented to our MD & CEO, Mr Hiroshi Ide, with wishes for a year of stability and prosperity.
After the dance performance, staff crowded round the display of mandarin oranges in an attempt to figure out the combination of numbers to try their lottery luck. Perhaps, there were a few lucky winners amongst us?