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Sunday March 25th 2012

Dragon Dance During CNY 2012

Year Of The Dragon And Dragon Dance In Sabah

2012 is the year of the Dragon in the Chinese lunar calender and is celebrated by Chinese all over the world, no matter where there are.

The Chinese New Year also marks the largest human migration in the history of the world in China. In a smaller scale, people studying or working abroad will fly back to Sabah in the for the Chinese New Year festival. The most important day being Chinese New Year, where traditionally all families will gather for dinner to celebrate the new year.

No matter where you are, if you are a Chinese, Chinese New Year is still celebrated. Back in my school days in Sheffield, imagine my surprise when I discovered “Gong Xi Fatt Chai” decorating the dining hall. Incidentally, “Gong Xi Fatt Chai” is to wish wealth and prosperity to those you are greeting.

Lion Dance in Sabah during CNY 2012
Lion Dance in Sabah during CNY 2012

Dragon Dance In Sabah

The Lion and Dragon Dance troupes are always out in force during this time, and I cannot imagine a time when they are no longer around. Every year, the Lion dances remain the highlight for many children during Chinese New Year – next to getting angpows, of course.

Lion Dance In Sabah

While children are happy to see any dragon or unicorn dances, the lion dance remains the favorite of many. Playful, daring, loud and sometimes, performing spectacular feats, they are a crowd favorite. Often you can see adults with a car full of kids go chasing after the lions to their next destination.

Chinese New Year celebrations lasts until the 15th day of the new year. You will have more chances to catch a performance on the last day of celebrations. Not sure where to go, try the shopping malls.


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