11:15 – 11:30
Come and celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Sheep at Asia House with our traditional friendly He Shan Lion Dance performed by the outstanding Shaolin Fists Lion Dance Troupe to welcome in the Chinese New Year.
The Lion Dance 舞狮 is a folk-art steeped in Asian tradition. One legend traces it back to the Tang dynasty (618-906 AD). Legend has it that a Tang emperor had a dream one night in which a strange-looking animal saved his life. The next morning the emperor described the dream to his ministers. One minister told the emperor that the strange animal resembled a creature from the West, a lion. Since the strange animal saved the emperor in his dream the lion quickly became a symbol of good luck throughout China.
It was also believed in China that a dancing lion chases away evil spirits. Even today the myth persists that the lion brings luck and symbolises strength or fearlessness.
As part of the Lion Dance ceremony in China, the lion traditionally looks out for vegetation ‘greens’ or gold circular fruits and with playful sprightly steps, dances to the sound of the drums, while acting out a range of emotions from fear, fright, amazement, even joy, hence its association with Chinese New Year and other cultural celebrations.
The special Lion Dance parade will start outside the main red-painted doors at Asia House and wind its way through the building fighting the oranges and lettuce.
This is a free event. There is no need to register but it will begin at 11:15 sharp and finish at 11.30 so please don’t be late!
With special thanks to DRAM-A-DRINKS LTD for their kind support.
We looking forward to seeing the whole family.