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Culture Insider: 7 things you may not know about Lantern Festival (6)

(Chinadaily.com.cn)    14:56, February 11, 2017

Culture Insider: 7 things you may not know about Lantern Festival

Folk artists perform dragon dance in Xuanen county, Hubei province, Feb 9, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Dragon dance

The dragon dance, a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture, is often seen in some festival celebrations. The dance is performed by a team of dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon. The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner.

The dragon dance is often performed during the Chinese New Year period. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community. The dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness.


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