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
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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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17 thoughts on “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…

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  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.

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  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.

    Tessa~

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  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.

    Tessa~

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  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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