Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chinese New Year - Lion Dance

You can find all our posts on Chinese New Year HERE

The Chinese Lion Dance is performed throughout the festivities in parades, competitions, and along the streets near shops as the lion dance is thought to bring good luck and fortune to businesses. When approaching stores, the lion performs the traditional Cai Ching, reaching a high hung red money envelope with acrobatics and dance like lion movements.

Photo Credit: NikiSublime

Do not mistake the lion dance for the dragon dance - the lion dance is performed by two people, who are not seen as they are inside the costume (as opposed to holding it up with poles, such as with the dragon dance).

Photo Credit: Wilth
The below video by Matt Love shows the dragon and lion dances:

If you're inspired to make a lion craft, Laura Horning at Give Your Octopus a Paintbrush shares a tutorial with printable to make this lion puppet:

And Canon has printable project, that once assembled resembles this incredible paper lion:

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing my lion craft from http://stuck-on-glue.blogspot.com/. I'm glad you liked it!


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