Travel & Culture

Upclose With The Dragons

January 26, 2009 is the Chinese New Year for this year the year of the Ox. It was also a Monday so daughter had school. We always make a stop at the SM Fairview Mall after her school and last Monday was delightfully fun where me and my daughter got the chance to be up-close with the dragons (red and white) and I learned something I never knew about the dragon dance before.
Tasha got sensitive ears so as soon as she heard some drum beat she had to run as fast as she could to find where the sound was coming from and there she spotted the red dragon.



She was so amazed at them dragons that she had to sit down to watch them closely.

Passersby were also amazed, heck I was!

And then she came face to face with the white dragon! ( I don’t know who that guy was, he was just there when I was taking pictures and I can’t tell him to go away lol!)

Followed it wherever it goes. Another little girl amazed with the white dragon!

“Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which is reflected in their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority.”

The Dragon Dance is a very common tradition done especially during Chinese New Year as what was stated above they bring good luck to people and establishments.

The part of the dragon dance that I never knew before was this part. Can you see the little red thing on top of the dragon? Well, that is the red envelope and that envelope also signifies luck to the Chinese. The Chinese believe that giving red envelope during New Year invites luck. So this actually is double double luck! The dragon is actually trying to take the red envelope using it’s mouth. It was fun to watch this part and the dragon looks kinda cute when it blinks its eyes and bows back like thanking the owners of the establishment.

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  1. evilwoobie

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