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Friday, January 21, 2011

Penang Lion Dance Performance @ Chinese New Year 2011

Lion dance (simplified Chinese: 舞狮; traditional Chinese: 舞獅; pinyin: wǔshī) is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is often mistaken as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is operated by two people, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers' faces are covered, since they are inside the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers can be seen since the dragon is held upon poles. Basic lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts. Lion dance will be performed for Chinese festivals and celebrations such as marriage ceremony, welcoming guest, opening ceremony, during 1st day of Chinese New Year etc. The Chinese believe lion dance can bring luck, prosperous and joy.

Penang State Government is organizing Chinese New Year Heritage Celebration at Chulia Street, Armenian Street, Soo Hong Lane, Ah Quee Street & Acheh Street on 12th Feb 2011. It will be various performance included lion dance, cultural dance, art and stage performance.


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