Monday, February 19, 2007

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

The lion dance is a traditional Chinese dance that is usually performed during special occasions like Chinese (Lunar) New Year, which starts this week. The dance involves two acrobatic performers who balance an elaborate head piece and a long tail while mimicking the moves of a lion to the rhythm of drums and cymbals.

This photo was taken on Sunday (yesterday) afternoon in Flushing, Queens. The lion dance troupe was performing on the street and visiting various retail stores in the area. It is supposed to bring good luck to the businesses that hire these dancers to perform at their stores.

Flushing, in Queens, is the second biggest Chinatown in New York City. The other two Chinatowns are in downtown Manhattan (the oldest and biggest) and Brooklyn. Flushing is also the site of the Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S. Open and the Shea Stadium for the New York Mets.

14 comments:

Olivier said...

le nouvel an chinois cela doit être tres impressionnant et plein de vie dans chinatown.


Chinese New Year's day that must be very impressive and full with life in chinatown.

Lavender Lady said...

I love reading your posts. I learn a great deal and...your photos are always interesting.

Dsole said...

Hope you enjoyed the party and had fun! That's a beautiful photo!

Oya said...

Beatiful photo and very informative. I thought there is only one China Town in Ny. This is why I like DP so much. Thank you:)

Mandi said...

So nice to experience all the different cultures over there in New York. Good shot.

Per Stromsjo said...

Hi from Stockholm!

I was silly enough not to join team member Bernt attending Chinese New Year's celebrations. Good to know that you covered the event from your base.

Take care,
per

Paz said...

Love the photo. I had planned on going to Chinatown but changed my mind. I was tired. I cooked instead. ;-)

Paz

angela said...

What a great dragon...
I always learn something when I pass by your blog.
Angela

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Thanks for visiting, everyone. I'm glad you all enjoyed the information.

don said...

dammm i missed the chiness new year here in Rotterdam. Hope you enjoyed yours in New York

Annie said...

You DO get around that city of yours!

Delta Movies said...

Nice...believe it or not, I attended a Chinese New Years Party as well. Yes...in Louisiana!

It was so much fun!

Great pic...wish I were there.

B.

Keropok Man said...

Happy New Year Ming!

Keropok Man said...

oh ya, "hong bao yi ke lai"