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Why Do We Do Lion Dances?

lion dancingThe 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.