One of those cultural things associated with Chinese all over the world, is the Chinese Lion. You know, the one all the white folks always call the “dragon”, doing the “dragon dance”. Hopping, fancy-footin’ and swayin’ down a festive parade along to the beat of gongs and drums.
I’ve always loved watching these psychedelic coloured, wild-eye Lions jiggle it’s way down a parade… and taking in the burnt, spicy aroma of the bursting firecrackers around it.
Actually, it’s called a “Dancing Lion” in the Chinese language. And there’s even a colourful history behind these Chinese festival icons.
Always associated with Luck and good Fortune, Chinese Lions are suppose to be lucky.
Of course, we in the West have a more sumptuous, a more lustful meaning for the thought “to get Lucky”.
So here’s an interesting little segment prepared by Azn Lifestyles TV, out here on the westcoast of Canada: