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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.
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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).
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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: