Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Acrobatic lion dance at Midvalley Megamall KL

With Chinese New Year a week away, many shopping malls around KL are already gaily-decorated to welcome the year of the Ox. It's a great time to be visiting the malls right now as the malls all seemed to be trying to outdo each other in their decorations. It's also a great time to catch the Lion Dance performances by award-winning Lion Dance troupes.
My family and I had the privilege of catching one such dance over the weekend. It's been sort of a family tradition for us to visit the malls to watch the lion dances. The kids love it for all the colour and noise. It's a great way for them to learn the Chinese culture too. Chinese New Year is just not complete without the lion dances!
The acrobatic lion dance we caught over the weekend at Midvalley Megamall was performed by the award-winning Kwong Ngai troupe. It was quite a sight with 2 silver lions prancing on stage and then on metal poles and even a high-wire. The lions were very energetic. Comic relief was even provided at a time when the lion practically shook with fear whilst on the high-wire.At the end of the performance the lions distributed mandarin oranges to the crowd to signify good fortune. If you haven't caught your first lion dance of the year, make your way to the various shopping centres this week and next. There will be many lion dances to make your Chinese New Year an exciting one!

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