On 9th Feb, my parents came over and dad was telling me he saw lion dance preparation near the pool side.
My mum and Leia waited for the “lion”. So was everyone at the poolside and home.
Alas, the lion dance troupe drummed their way to grand entrance!
We have God of Fortune with us too! Growing crowd at the pool and we have non-chinese joining the festive celebration too!
During the Chinese New Year, lion dancer troupes from the Chinese martial art schools or Chinese guild and associations will visit the houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of “cai qing” (採青), literally means “plucking the greens”, a quest by the ‘lion’ to pluck the auspicious green normally ‘vegetables’ like lettuce which in Chinese called ‘cái'(菜)that sound like ‘cái'(财)(fortune) and auspicious fruit like oranges tied to a “Red Envelope” containing money; either hang highly or just put on a table in front of the premises.
The “lion” will dance and approach the “green” and “red evelope” like a curious cat, to “eat the green” and “spit” it out leave it in a nice arrangement, like an auspicious character but keep the “red envelope”. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business and the troupe is rewarded with the “red envelope”. During the Qing Dynasty, there may be hidden meanings in the performances, for example the green vegetables (qing) eaten by the lion may represent the Qing Manchus.
Here’s a short video clip …
After lion dance performance, residents proceed to the function for lou hei ! Neighbours uploaded stunning shots of the lion dance performance onto facebook group.
Great thanks to the management for the festive arrangement.