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CNY: yee-sang, lion dance & the dog year

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Chinese Lion Dance goes back some one thousand years. The first record of the performance of an early form of the Lion Dance dates to the early Ch’in and Han Dynasties (Third Century B.C.)

The lions express joy and happiness. From the fourth day to the fifteenth of the New Year, lion dance groups would tour from village to village in traditional China.

Both lions and dragons figure in New Year’s Parades and other celebrations throughout the year. The Lion Dance also plays an important role in the consecration of temples and other building, at business openings, planting and harvest times, official celebrations, and religious rites.


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Yee sang is a colourful dish and a must-have for Chinese New Year.

It is made of raw fish slices, pickled papaya, ginger, onion, radish coloured in green and red, carrots, jellyfish, pomelo, sesame seed and crackers mixed with plum sauce, oil and lime juice, and is tossed to bring good luck.


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The ancient Chinese calendar, which predates the international calendar by almost 425 years, is based on lunar and solar movements when an extra month is inserted once every seven years — similar to the Western calendar, which adds an extra day on a leap year.

This accounts for why the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

This year, which is the year of the dog, was last celebrated in 1994.

People born in the year of the dog are believed to possess a deep sense of loyalty and honesty, and inspire trust because of their ability to keep secrets.

“As you know, a dog is a man’s — and a woman’s — best friend,” Tang said. “A dog is very loyal and fun to be with.”

“This is also a year that many baby boomers turn 60 — a very important milestone,” he said.







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