Lion dances for luck and protection

After staying inside for three days to avoid snow and ice, we ventured out into slush and wind to see a Lion Dance performed by five lions ranging in size from tiny to large.  (Both the lions and the performers fit this description.) All the lions were lively, jumping up and down to the accompaniment of drum, gong, and cymbals to celebrate the New Year, ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. According to one source, Lion dances in the U.S. trace their roots to Guangdong Province, Southern China. One distinguishing feature of the Southern lion is his “dramatic head thrusts.”  These head thrusts account for the fact that most of the photos I took were blurry.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.
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