Today is Chinese New Year and last week, the city kicked off the celebrations with the wonderful ‘Lion Dance Festival’. We will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume.
The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals.
It is also performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.
The Chinese lion dance is often mistakenly referred to as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is normally operated by two dancers, while a dragon needs many people.
Also, in a lion dance, the performers’ faces are only seen occasionally, since they are inside the lion.
The chinese lion dance festival in kolkata is yet another event that speaks of the myriad of cultures prevalent in our rustic city.