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There will be a Lion in the House!
Asia House is excited to open its bright red doors once again for our traditional annual Lion Dance 舞獅 to welcome in the Lunar Chinese New Year and the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, to bring us all health and prosperity.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the Year of Rooster (Fire Rooster) starting from January 28, 2017 and lasting to February 15, 2018.
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. At Chinese New Year, the dancing lion is believed to chase away evil spirits and bring good fortune and happiness for the year ahead.
The special Lion Dance parade, performed by the outstanding Shaolin Fists Lion Dance Troupe from London’s Chinatown, will start outside the doors and wind its way through the building to the beats of drums, cymbals and a gong. During the dance, the lion will pick up five lucky oranges en route, before chewing and spitting out the sang coi or raw vegetables – two symbolic foods in Chinese culture.
Theis event will include adding wishes to a tree and origami (paper-folding activities) for children.
The 2017 Lion Dance has been generously sponsored by Hugh Zimmern of Faux Ltd, Hong Kong.