2017 was a busy, remarkable year and while my annual Lunar New Year post went out to so many, I forgot to post it here! In fact, the next Lunar New Year 2018 is almost upon us and the Year of the Rooster will turn into the Year of the Dog.
I especially love the lion dancers, teams of two usually young men - although women have been joining recently - from associations that join together, from time to time even in someone's back yard, to learn the arduous physical coordination of the lion dance and its celebratory, "good luck' role in the New Year and other ceremonial occasions. There is long history to China's fascination with lions, actually not native to most of China and the artistry of the lion costume and the traditions they perform: the dancers allowing themselves in large crowds to be petted for good luck; "eating" the traditional offering of lettuce, then spitting it out to be caught, again for good luck; and just plain entertaining the crowd. Between the drums that accompany them and the ritual, one is definitely in the moment.
A bit more plus a fun YouTube 1981 film snippet: