Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The dance is usually performed during the ChineseNew Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals.
During the Chinese New Year, lion dance troupes from the Chinese martial art schools or Chinese guild and associations will visit establishments of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of “cai qing” meaning “plucking the greens”. The “greens” may or may not be tied together with a “red envelope” containing a reward. The lion will dance and approach the “green” and “red evelope” like a curious cat, to “eat the green” and “spit” it out but keep the “red envelope” which is the reward for the lion troupe. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.
Different types of vegetables, fruits, foods or utensils can be used to give different difficulty and challenge for the lion dance performers. But the difficulties of the challenge should come with the bigger rewards of the “red envelope” given.
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