Lunar New Year Lion Dance 2020

Lunar New Year Lion Dance 2020

The Cal Poly Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association‘s Lion Dance Team performed today in honor of Lunar New Year. The performance took place outside of Oki Momo Asian Grill.

one yellow and one red dancer wearing lion costumes with banners for Cal Poly Lion Dance and Happy Lunar New year
Cal Poly Lion Dance Team outside Oki Momo Asian Grill, San Luis Obispo, CA. Taken with Panasonic Lumix G7, post-processed with Pixelmator Photo. (2020)
yellow costumed lion dancer standing in a small parking lot
Cal Poly Lion Dance Team outside Oki Momo Asian Grill, San Luis Obispo, CA. Taken with Panasonic Lumix G7, post-processed with Pixelmator Photo. (2020)

Many Asian cultures perform lion dances. The lion is believed to bring good fortune and protection to those who cross its path.

red costumed lion dancer next to a group of percussionsists
Red lion with percussionists. Cal Poly Lion Dance Team outside Oki Momo Asian Grill, San Luis Obispo, CA. Taken with Panasonic Lumix G7, post-processed with Pixelmator Photo. (2020)

It’s possible this lion dance was based on Choi chang, as described in the article linked above:

Choi chang is a tradition at the Chinese New Year where the shopkeepers tie a clump of lettuce with a red envelope of money above the door of their shop. The lion jumps up and eats the lettuce and keeps the money. This will bring good lock to the store during the upcoming year.

-New World Encyclopedia
costumed red kion dancer bows before a small child who is offering leaves to the lion
The lion reared up just after this to take and eat the leaves being held by the child. Cal Poly Lion Dance Team outside Oki Momo Asian Grill, San Luis Obispo, CA. Taken with Panasonic Lumix G7, post-processed with Pixelmator Photo. (2020)
yellow and red lion costumed dancers holding leaves in their mouths
Red lion shared its leaves with the yellow lion. Cal Poly Lion Dance Team outside Oki Momo Asian Grill, San Luis Obispo, CA. Taken with Panasonic Lumix G7, post-processed with Pixelmator Photo. (2020)
yellow iion dancer costume head facing directly towards a young child
Lucky for this kid, the lions had already been fed. 🙂 Cal Poly Lion Dance Team outside Oki Momo Asian Grill, San Luis Obispo, CA. Taken with Panasonic Lumix G7, post-processed with Pixelmator Photo. (2020)

Short bonus vid on Instagram.

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