Our World Tuesday – Chinese Lunar Year

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
click to enlarge

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




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.





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


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




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17 Replies to “Our World Tuesday – Chinese Lunar Year”

  1. G’day Cathy. Great photo’s. Looks like you had a good time. It’s a lot cooler here at the moment, though it is only 5.42am. I have just watered a few pot plants before getting organized for work. I will be putting a jacket on this morning.I am over these stinking hot days. It was 42 here yesterday. Take care. Liz…


  2. What great fun. The restaurant looks very nice. It seems we Australians are ’embracing’ Chinese New Year celebrations. Rubbish in the media, as usual. We embraced it a decade or longer ago.


  3. Oh that is so cute!!!!!! But they are so big, that I’ll bet “cute” is not the word for them, up close. :-))))

    We only celebrated Chinese New Year once, and there were no dancing lions.

    Elsewhere, I read that 2014 is the year of the Yang Wood Horse. And I liked what I read, about this fact.



  4. Feb. 5

    Hooray for your “Books Read” Pages!

    When I add something, to my blog, I like to post about it, a bit…. To point new things out, to Dear Readers. In case some are like me, and don’t always look around on blogs, enough. -blush-

    I am so thrilled, to have Net-met another book lover! More possible reading suggestions. Grrrreat.



  5. Looks like a fun evening out, but you know what I noticed? I noticed how light the sky was at the beginning and how dark it was at the end. I loved that it showed the time passing in the still photos.


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