Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lion Dance

How funny (since I just posted about it yesterday)... I went to a local shopping center after church today and they actually had a Lion Dance happening there, complete with firecrackers.

From Wikipedia: "During the Chinese New Year, lion dancers from martial art school will visit the store front of businesses to "choi chang" (picking the greens). The business would tie a red envelope filled with money to a head of lettuce and hang it high above the front door. The lion will approach the lettuce like a curious cat, consume the lettuce and spit out the leaves but not the money. The lion dance is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to the business and the dancers receive the money as reward. The tradition becomes a mutual transaction."

Here's a couple of videos I found (this first one features the more cutesy characteristics of the costume)

This one is more the dance...


steve said...

Thanks JC! I love the lion dance--they put a smile on my face--it's almost invigorating to witness. Your pics are great and your card is my fave!! As for the drawing slump, I hear ya there, and please don't sweat it--nothing wrong with a little break every so often.

JC said...

Thanks Steve, I really appreciate your kind comments! Yeah it stinks to have this big creative block in front of me. I have to kick it out of the way instead of sitting on it. =)