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The Legendary Dragon DanceThe Heavenly Dragon
It is common belied prevalent in China that the people of China are the antecedents of dragon. Dragon is in fact, a chimerical creature with strong features of other animals like a deer, fish, tiger, lion, horse, ox, donkey, snake and vulture.
This divine counterfeit animal is considered as a possessor of super natural powers, it can walk on the land, swim in the sea and fly in the air and is the deity of wind and rain. Chinese people believe that the dragon is mascot and epitome of valor, honor, fortune, power and prosperity. The belief is so much intensely embedded over Chinese mind that the holy Dragon can be seen almost everywhere in Chinese people's life.

The Legendary Dragon Dance
The dragon dance is an important festive tradition in China. Initially the dance used to be performed to please the deity of water, for rain during drought years. Gradually it took a form of enjoyment and formed a significant part of all festive occasions, especially during the Spring Festival and Lantern Festival.
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The dragons are normally contrived out of bamboo, wood, cloth and paper, usually it is huge creation sometimes even ranging to more than 100 m. There are poles attached to the belly of the dragon. During the show, performers hold the poles and raise the dragon, starting the grand dance with the beats of roaring drums. The dragon mask and body used for the dance is colored gold, green or fire red.
The Dragon Dance can be performed in the daytime or at night, if it is performed at night, then, it is preceded by carrying a burning torch to lighten, making the whole performance even more engaging.

The Traditional Lion Dance The Lion- the Symbol of Valor
The lion is a symbol of power and pride, dignity and bravery, capable of fighting off evil spirits. In Chinese mythology, lion is the 9th son of the dragon and was considered as the foremost protector, still, it is usually seen in front of royal palaces and big houses.

The Traditional Lion Dance
Besides, the Dragon Dance, the Lion Dance also has a long history in the Chinese tradition, it was originally used for worship and to pray for rain, but now the dance is performed for entertainment. The Lion dance is usually performed with the dragon dance on auspicious occasions. A good performance is believed to bring luck and happiness. The captivating Lion Dance can be enjoyed at the time of Chinese New Year or on any traditional festival.

Lion dance requires more Wushu -Kung Fu expertise than dragon dance. There are usually two performers who bring life to lion. One, managing the lion's head, leads the dance and depicts the lion's emotions. The other plays the body and the tail. They hide themselves under a cloth fur attached with the head. Musicians playing a drum, a gong and cymbals also accompany the lion. There is also a third person - a man who allures the lion, and carries a silk flower ball or wears a mask of the laughing Buddha with a banana-leaf fan in one hand. He further magnifies the level of merriment of the Lion Dance by dodging from left to right, jumping all around to create a lively entertainment, driving lion crazy.

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