It is a popular Chinese practice to have a lion dance as a lucky charm to mark the commencement of events e.g. opening a business, starting a festival, hosting a birthday or wedding party etc.
For years, our parish church has been hosting a lion dance on the Sunday of the Lunar New Year. This year, notwithstanding the haunting of the Coronavirus outbreak, the parish decided, against all odds, to carry on the tradition. The outbreak explains the sea of faces, in the photos, wearing surgical masks.
As before, the lion dance started at the church entrance and finished in the parish hall. Because of the restricted space in the open air, there were two dances, starting at the end of the 9.30 am and the11.00 am Mass respectively.
Again because of the lack of space, the performers were obliged to use smaller lions and junior dancers. The two young lions appeared to be quite energetic and playful.
The dance in the open air came to an end with the firing of the tube-fire-cracker, showering colour “lucky” stars into the air.
The hailing of the lucky buns and the unveiling of the two lucky banners concluded the dance in the parish hall.
With all local schools closed for at least another 3 weeks , and both public and banking services partially halted because of the Coronavirus outbreak, my sharing of the album with DearSusan is to reflect the fighting spirit of the Hong Kong people (we are advised by the authorities to stay indoors) and to offer a brief photographic introduction of the lion dance.
Just in case DearSusan has agreed to honour me with sharing the photos at their venue, I have carefully downsized the album to give, nonetheless, a brief but chronological record of the dance. I have also provided explanatory narratives plus photo captions, to elaborate some of the highlights of the lion dance e.g. the paper stars showered via the tube-fire-crackers, the hauling of lucky buns, and the unveiling of the lucky banners etc.
Together, we stand and dance to win the fight against the Coronavirus, against all odds.
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