Monday, January 26, 2009

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Sun Lein Fai Lok!

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Sun Lein Fai Lok!
Happy Chinese New Year!

The Lion Dance is a part of traditional Chinese New Year festivities. If the dance is done correctly, it's believed to bring happiness and luck, and will ward off evil spirits. The amateur video footage embedded above (from YouTube user, ghodax), was shot in Victoria, BC a couple of years back during their Chinese New Year celebrations. I doubt that they'll be having any Lion Dance celebrations outdoors in Winnipeg today as it's a balmy, -40 degrees celsius (with the wind chill).

2009 marks the year of the Earth Ox. May the Year of the Ox bring all humanity, good health, peace, love and happiness - cheers!


Doug said...

Happy New Year man. My year is next, Tiger. Just out of curiosity, do you happen to know the story of how the order of the animals came to be? I heard that it was some ancient race between the creatures in the Chinese zodiac and that the rat is first because it crawled across the back of the ox and on to its nose right at the finish line. Don't ask me how an ox was winning a race that included a rabbit, a horse and a dragon though.

Adrian J.K. Shum, LGDC said...

Thanks Doug! You'd be the same sign as my mom then... also a Tiger. ;) In regard to your question, take a look here: Origins of the Chinese Zodiac