The lion dance signifies good fortune, prosperity and longevity to wherever it is performed. Contrary to beliefs, the lion is not an animal native to China. Rulers from what is now known as Afghanistan and Iran used to send lions to the Chinese Emperors as gifts to gain trading entry to the lucrative Silk Road, bringing along their lion trainers. Lion dances usually require two people, one at the head and one at the tail and their faces are generally covered. Musicians generally include a drummer, cymbal and gong player.
Lion dances are usually accompanied by a lettuce called the“choy ching” which conceals a lucky red packet for the lions. The lion can approach the lettuce and back away but it will eventually eat the green, spitting the remaining lettuce at the audience. It is considered good luck if you are hit by the remaining lettuce so if you are attending the Chinese New Year celebration
at Springfield Marketplace, make sure you are positioned strategically to be hit by good fortune.
Watch the talent of the kung fu practitioners as they show off their skills by mastering the lion, enhancing their strength, agility and endurance. There is a lot of fancy footwork involved, a lion dance is no easy feat. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to businesses so come along and take part in the good fortune. After the lion dance, a draw will be held and you may win 1 of 3 $100 store credits to be spent at any of the Springfield Marketplace stores – AJ Picture Frame Gallery, Nina’s Bakery, Island Fresh Café, Eagle Boys, Salt n Battered Fish & chips takeaway and Springfield Garden Seafood Chinese & Malaysian Restaurant.