A Trip To Binondo : Lion And Dragon Dances

P2073106tA Chinese New Year celebration will not be completed without the traditional Lion and Dragon Dance performances and even thouh we went to Binondo a day before the New year, we still encountered an overwhelming amount of performers while exploring the busy streets of Binondo.
P2073020tP2073023tWe saw a couple of Lion dancers in front of the Seng Guan Temple in Narra St. P2073028tAccording to Mr Wiki : Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities. Much like the Dragon Dance, the performance is said to bring good luck!P2073105tP2073106tP2073107tP2073108tP2073110tHere’s a huge Dragon performing in front of Chinatown Lai Lai Town Hotel
P2073109tMuch like the Lion dance, Dragon Dance is most often seen in festive 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.P2073116tWe encountered another dragon while heading to Shanghai Fried Siopao. 20160207_133748tThe dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both fearsome and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and it was an emblem to represent imperial authority. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity.
P2073113tP2073118tP2073127tWhile heading our way to Kipuja St, we encountered another another group of dragon dance performersP2073130t20160207_134900tA group of Lion Dancers20160207_134900t20160207_132836tYou know what really took our attention the most? These are the kids with their improvised lion costume. A basket attached to a black silk! Very creative indeed! Watch them doing a lion dance from this video

Next Stop : Lucky Chinatown Mall

Check Out The Rest of My Binondo Trip Here

Binondo ChurchPlaza San Lorenzo RuizNuestra Señora Dela Soledad De Manila Parish Cafe Mezzanine Seng Guan TempleLion and Dragon DancesLucky China TownCosplayers In BinondoSto Cristo De Longos De BinondoDong Bei DumplingsShanghai Fried SiopaoKuang Kong TempleSta Cruz Parish Church Sincerity Restaurant Ho-Land & Eng Bee Tin

4 thoughts on “A Trip To Binondo : Lion And Dragon Dances

  • February 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Good to see that you caught the Lion and Dragon dances. Really puts everyone in the festive mood of CNY!

  • February 15, 2016 at 8:07 am

    the Chinese New Year is celebrated not only on the day itself, but probably a week before and lasts until the 15th day of CNY, hahaha.. so it’s not uncommon that you will be able to see the Lion and Dragon Dance a day before CNY, you were lucky to be able to see this in Chinatown.. and not only that, you also see kids mocking the lion dance with whatever they could find at home, that must bring you luck and auspiciousness for the new year, hehehe!!

  • March 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    These dances are the highlights of the celebration. At Binondo I even saw kids doing their own dragon dances 🙂

  • March 31, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I missed this celebration this year but looking at your photos, it is as if I was there.


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