The Red Lion

It is quite common to hear lion dance drum beats or get to see lion dance performance at coffee shops this time around. The new Chinese lunar year spirit is still ‘hot’ in the air after all. 🙂

Yesterday, while my girlfriends and I were enjoying our dinner at one of our favorite hanging out place, we got to see a live lion dance performance. At this time around, lion dance troupe usually goes door-to-door to ‘perform’. It is believed that having the lion dance troupe to ‘visit’ your house/shop would bring good luck apart from casting away the evil spirits.

It was an enjoyable scene to witness and I was amazed at the same time surprised to find out the lion dance troupe members were mostly young children. I find it as one way of preserving an intangible culture and the tradition should pass on to the newer generation.

What do you think? Is there any lion dance troupe ‘visit’ your place lately? If yes, how much ‘angpau’ do you normally give?


  1. chegu carol

    9 February, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    In our small town of Keningau, whenever the lion dance troupe visit my parent’s house…mesti my mom worry cos she said have to give angpow. I told her to give just 5 or 10 bucks. She retaliated saying that most of the lion dance troupe knows her well and she feel malu want to give small amount. What lah my mom tu hehehe

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      9 February, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      that’s the same case happen to my parent too. we usually gave rm50 each time the house ‘visited’ by the lion dance troupe followed by litting the firecrackers to welcome the lion into the house. my dad said its for ‘ong’.. 🙂

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