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Offline Gyppo

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Chinese Dragon Dance - Don't miss the chance!
« on: February 16, 2007, 11:42:37 AM »
Sunday 18 February is the start of the Chinese New Year.

If a town near you has a sizeable population of Chinese there is a very good chance they will be performing the Dragon Dance.  Or the Lion Dance, or Unicorn Dance.  If you have never seen it before it's a truy colourful spectacle and a real education in how a collection of fabric and poles can take on a very real life of its own.  Rituals like this can be fascinating, and the smiles on those often enigmnatic faces are lovely to see.

I - and my trusty camera - shall be following the Dragon through the streets of Southampton tomorrow, when it leaves the Civic Centre some time between 11 and 11-30 following speeches, martial arts displays, and some noisy fireworks.

Photo attached from last year.

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Re: Chinese Dragon Dance - Don't miss the chance!
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007, 12:18:24 PM »
Thanks for reminding me I should go down into Amsterdam I reckon it will all be happening there too


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Re: Chinese Dragon Dance - Don't miss the chance!
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007, 04:53:59 PM »
I'm lucky enough to live close enough to SanFrancisco to see their TV stations, though not close enough to want to drive there.  So we get fairly good film coverage of the New Year's parade.  The dances are a lot of fun to watch.  If I could walk, I would love to be able to go in person.

If we are lucky, one of the channels might even show The Flower Drum Song--  one of my favorite movies. 

The newscasters here have been showing clips from previous parades and saying "gung hei fat choy" for days.

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Re: Chinese Dragon Dance - Don't miss the chance!
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2007, 04:56:10 PM »
There's often one in Cambridge, UK.  Thanks for the reminder.

Mind you, more importantly, 19th is Cathy C's birthday.   ;)

Happy Chinese New Year next week folks,