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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

W/W - Chinese Lunar Year

These pics were captured at the Taoist temple near my mom's retirement home.

The quintessential Lion Dance

Performed throughout the 15 days of the Chinese New Year, the lion dance signifies power, courage and good fortune

The green fruit you see in the pic is a pomelo (think Chinese grapefruit). The pomelo symbolizes abundance. During the dance, one of the lions 'swallowed' the fruit,then sprawled out on the floor and was motionless for a good few minutes. I thought it had fainted from the stiffling heat! What I didn't know was that the front performer inside the lion was carving the pomelo. Suddenly, the lion got up and threw out the pomelo, now sculpted with some Chinese characters, from its mouth. Sorry pallies, I couldn't take a pic of that. I almost fainted myself amid the oppressive heat, haze, pounding drums and jostling crowd!



The lion dance is accompanied by the beating of drums, cymbals, and gongs that synchronise to the movements and actions.

The haze from the smoking joss sticks/coils and firecrackers

Devotees praying with joss sticks

Giant joss sticks (an integral part of the Chinese New Year celebrations) outside the temple



Joss coils - This type of incense is able to burn for an extended period, from hours to days

19 comments:

alissa apel said...

I always loved the look of Chinese dragons! They are so bright and colorful!

L. said...

I love these photos--I almost feel as though I was there! :D

Gem said...

Love the pix! There's a lot of Chinese New Year celebrations around town... my son's school even had the lion dances!

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

Whao..it must have been really fun watching the dragon dance... the kids haven't seen one this year as yet. HAppy CNY to you!!

Ai Sakura said...

wow great celebrations and shots of the lion dance :) thanks for stopping by...

happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka
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Dave Keller said...

Very festive. Thanks for linking up.

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BusyWorkingMama said...

Awesome celebrations! You got some wonderful photos!

Searching For Simplicity said...

Those are amazing pictues. I really enjoyed looking at them!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Great pictures ! Red is certainly the IN colour!! Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Red seems to be the colour of the CNY festival. So bright and vibrant! Love the pics. What alot of smoke! Hot, smokey and noisy...a big celebration.
Rosemary

MissMOE said...

Looks like an awesome celebration. We miss living near an asian community and celebrating the Lunar New Year.

By Word of Mouth Musings said...

How vibrant! Love the colors and the action shots!

GayNYCDad said...

Gorgeous shots, I love Chinese New Year.
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Mitch

Lin said...

I love when you tell us about your culture! How cool that the dragon guy is also a fruit carver! Very colorful--very cool. :)

Happy Chinese New Year, pally!

royalegacy said...

This would have been really neat to see in person. Thanks for posting your pictures.
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Nolie said...

Great photos. I would love to celebrate a Chinese New Year

Sarah said...

How fun. great shots.

Heather said...

Fantastic pictures! Heather from mbc :)

Mimi B said...

Love all of the colors. It looks like such an amazing celebration. Would love to experience that!

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