Live recording of able-bodied Chinese New Year lion dancers
So I was minding my own FITK business, moseying in Flemington shopping village for my upcoming Flemington Grazing Adventure. It was the third day of the Chinese New Year.
What should I spy but a whole roasted suckling pig with the shiniest, crispest, brownest crackling, proudly displayed in the Asian grocery store where I was shopping. Despite this shop being a treasure trove, whole roast pigs are NOT part of its standard inventory.
And then the tell-tale signs:
- the boss is hunting for red string while clutching a bunch of lettuce; and
- the boss sports a super-sharp hairdo. Looks like she had it done especially for today.
There’s a whiff of Chinese lion dancing in the air… (See if you can spot the hairdo in this 3-minute video.)
What with so many shops to visit, those two lions were at it for over 2 hours.
Dancers took turns at being the lions and resting. That’s perfectly acceptable: you’d have to have Lance Armstrong’s stamina and his <ahem> special cocktail to continuously make about 10kg of aluminium and PVC act like a playful kitten.
Prologue: Preparing for the Chinese Lion Dance
A shop-owner prepares the lettuce-cum-red-packet. It’ll be hung from up high for the Chinese lions.
Many team sports begin with a huddle:
For a culinary and fiscal perspective on Chinese New Year celebrations, see Chinese New Year: The Food, the Wad and the Crumbly.
The featured Chinese lion dance troupe is the Jin Wu Koon Dragon and Lion Dance Australia. They have a website.