Today, we learn about a dance that we often see during Chinese New Year and other important occasions in Chinese communities. As I said – we often see this type of performance, but how much do we really know about this tradition?
We continue with “All I Need To Know About CNY I Learned from a Transit Ad”
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Dose #37: CNY Lion Dance
Spotted at: YEO’s Transit Ads,MRT stations across Singapore
What I Learned About CNY:“Lion dances are common during Chinese New Year. It is believed that the loud beats of the drums and cymbals chase away the “Nian” creature and welcome a safe and auspicious new year.” -YEO’s poster
LION DANCING at a Preschool in Singapore My son gets his turn to take front position (the most desired spot —some kids cried when their turn ended)
Watch this short video and learn about the history of Lion Dance
Learn about the mythical creature NIAN
Check out this preview of the movie LION MEN, featuring a new take on the traditional Lion Dance- combining it with hiphop.
So do…remember to be curious about other cultures and respect their traditions as much as you would like them to respect your own. Remember it takes all kinds of people ( & all kinds of dances too) to make a world!