Lion Dance

Philipp Eichhorn • • hong kong

One custom for Chinese New Year is the so called Lion Dance, where one to two actors slip into a big lion like costume and start dancing. Seeing one of those dragons is considered good luck, which is why many shops and companies hang a bunch of green vegetables together with a small pocket of money (called red pocket) at their front door. The lion will then stand up to take the bunch, tear the leaves apart and toss them back into the crowd.

Many malls also organize lion dance events, where the lion will venture trough the mall and visit every shop after the main performance.

Together with a couple of friends we went and visited the show in Amoy Plaza in Kowloon Bay.