On Friday, the 1st of February, the DSJ has begun preparations to welcome the Chinese New Year 2019 with a Lion Dance, also known as the Barongsai. This Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in the Chinese culture and other Asian countries that is thought to bring good luck and fortune. It is not only performed to welcome the Chinese New Year, but also for important occasions such as opening events, new business, or to honour guests.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival in China and is marked by the lunar calendar. The holiday marks the end of the coldest days, and the start of life; planting and harvest, new beginnings and fresh starts. By the Chinese zodiac, this year is the year of the Pig. The Pig is a symbol of wealth, and their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.
The Lion Dance at the DSJ was made festive by 3 beautiful lions, with the special third comprising a young dancer. The students were eager to wait their arrival and were excitedly commenting and getting ready for the performance. The entrance was marked by an amazing performance where a lion plucked lettuce leaves from a high place and gave oranges to symbolize good luck to the ones receiving the lion dancers into our school. Together, the procession reached the school atrium and the performances ensued to the awe of the children watching. This performance ended with the lions showering the children with sweets to bring good fortune.
Have a prosperous and wonderful Year of the Pig 2019!