The lively, noisy lion dance is a fixture during Chinese New Year celebrations in Southeast Asia. In Singapore, many troupes make their way to shopping malls, offices and other public spaces to perform.
Having a lion grace your premises, and giving it red packets filled with money, is said to bring you good luck for the rest of the year.
Before you catch some Lion Dance action this weekend, get to know the symbolism behind each detail of the energetic performance.
Why do they eat lettuce? What should you do if the lion approaches you? Who’s the guy with the big head?
The Singapore Hequan Institute of Wushu and Lion Dance has put together this detailed and amusing series of illustrations to help people appreciate this ancient tradition and art form.
First published in SilverKris magazine, January 22, 2016/ Additional Reporting: Debby Kwong, February 2018
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