Why Do We Do Lion Dances?
The Lion Dance has been a traditional part of Chinese culture for many centuries. Legend has it that the lion was made to drive off a monster which was raiding Chinese villages. Ever since, the lion has been considered a good omen.
The lion is not an enemy unless provoked; it hunts for food only when hungry. Consequently the lion is believed to scare away evil spirits, and assure good luck. All festive events therefore begin with a lion dance performed with the accompaniment of drums, cymbals & gongs.
The lion dance consists of: sleeping, scratching, stretching, walking, running, jumping & eating. The lion eats the "Lei Si" or good luck money, which is an offering wrapped in green leaves.