Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The Lion Dance Performance at The Jade Condo.....

Today - Tuesday January 27 2009 - we had the Lion Dance performance at The Jade Condo where we live ..... for more detailed information on the The Lion Dance ritual, scroll down on the blog......

This first image is of a few of the residents of The Jade Condo waiting for the performers to arrive:

The Lion Dance Performers going around the outside area of the pool.....the drummers are near by the main lobby playing...

The actual "Dance" ....

Last Year on the 8th February, we saw the same performance and I wrote about it in my blog then too. So instead of re writing it again, will just "cut and paste" :

The Lion Dance was performed at The Jade Condo - where we live - this morning from 10.00am till 12 noon. I have attached photos in the previous two posting's seen below.

Business enterprises often call upon a lion dance troupe to perform at the commencement of something important. It's a Chinese tradition. (There used to be firecrackers too, but they're banned by the Singapore government as a hazard to the public.)

You find a lion dance performed when a new branch or shop is opened. You see lots of them in the days following Chinese New Year, when shops and factories re-open for business after the holidays. The businessmen want to make sure they give an auspicious start to the new trading period.
Lion dance can be broadly classified into two main categories: traditional and free-style. The traditional lion dance follows an established set of routines while free-style lion dancers have the liberty to create their own routines – such as performing stunts on metal stilts that can go as high as three metres.

During Chinese New Year, most performances are variations of the traditional style.
The most sought after performance during the festive period is known as “plucking the green.” Typically, a green leafy vegetable is either hung in the air or placed on the ground for the prop lion to “pluck” and “devour.” Mandarin oranges are placed on the ground for the lion to “devour” as well. After the lion has “devoured” the vegetable and the oranges, it usually lays on the ground.

The performer playing the rear of the lion would have to peel the mandarin oranges and arrange the orange slices to form auspicious Chinese characters. The performer at the rear would then pass the peeled orange skins to his partner playing the head.
Following that, the performer playing the head would then tear the orange peel and vegetable into small pieces and throw them out of the lion’s mouth for a total of three times.

As this is considered to be an auspicious ritual, some people refrain from immediately clearing away the pieces of orange skin and vegetable to prevent sweeping away of good luck.

Next Post will be about our visit to the JURONG BIRD PARK today.


1 comment:

AngryAngMoh said...

Nice... (but sometimes annoying loud :)

I had a Lion Dance on the rooftop of my building, haha