A lady lion dancer making an entrance as firecrackers ward off evil spirits and bad luck.
BY STEFAN KRUSZE
Last week’s Chinese and Vietnamese New Year welcomed and celebrated with numerous events, featuring traditional performances, arts and culture that were the delight of all that had the chance to attend and celebrate. The Lunar New Year ushered in the Year of the Pig, the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of creatures that appear in the zodiac of the Chinese calendar. According to myth the pig is the last sign of the cycle because the pig was last to arrive when a great meeting was called by the Jade Emperor and also when Buddha called a meeting before leaving earth.
There were dragon and lion dancers frolicking from Arapahoe to Boulder and Denver Counties, with many stops in between. Performance were done by Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu-Boulder and the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center, among others.
A child giving the red envelope to a lion dancer. The color red symbolizes good luck and is a symbol to ward off evil spirits that is usually given as a gift during celebrations.Photos by Stefan Krusze
Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu lion dancers wishing everyone a happy new year.
A sign of good luck when getting the chance to greet and pet the lion.
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