Saturday, 17 March 2007

Lion Dance in Brunei Darussalam

Lion Dance in Brunei
Lion Dance in Brunei
Tourist attractions in Brunei, Chinese New Year is not complete without a dragon dance as it is believed to exorcise evil spirits and summon luck and fortune. This year, the "lion" didnt go all the way to my mum's house as it did last year, hence we know we are missing something.... :-)

Anyway, my friends who live in Chempaka at Jalan Tutong and Belait District reported many lion dances were preformed during the chinese new year. My friend in Belait had to pay $488 then they would come and perform at her house and i thought that was a tad expensive.

Yesterday, HSBC Bandar inform customers in the morning that they were going to have a lion dance in the Bank's permise at 2pm. My friend drag me to watch the dance because he hasnt watched a lion dance for many years, so I tag along.
Its was quite dissapointing to see the way the Lion Dance was perform at the HSBC Bandar premises because the whole even just lasted about 5-7 minutes!!! I dont think the Bank's boss was amused by the tactics of the lion dance troupe! And myself who havent really watch a lot of lion dance was also shocked that the whole dance only lasted for a short time.
Next time, HSBC better asked the Limbang troupe, I heard they are very good and its a money well spent.

Some Red Package (Ang Pow) issued by some private organizations in Brunei;
The Standard Chartered "red" packet is the best because the design is the best this year together with Great Eastern insurance red package.
There are a number of Chinese lion dance styles; the two most popular are the northern and southern.

Northern dance was used as entertainment for the imperial court. The northern lion is usually red, orange, and yellow (sometimes with green fur for the female lion), shaggy in appearance, with a golden head. The northern dance is acrobatic and is mainly performed as entertainment.

Southern dance is more symbolic. It is usually performed as a ceremony to exorcise evil spirits and to summon luck and fortune. The southern lion exhibits a wide variety of colour and has a distinctive head with large eyes, a mirror on the forehead, and a single horn at center of the head.

The Lion dance is often confused with the Chinese Dragon Dance, which features a team of around ten or more dancers. The Lion Dance usually consists of two people. (Wikipedia)

source:
http://phoenix4bn.blogspot.com/2007/02/lion-dance-in-brunei.html



Some Red Package (Ang Pow) issued by some private organizations in Brunei
Some Red Package (Ang Pow) issued by some private organizations in Brunei

Some Red Package (Ang Pow) issued by some private organizations in Brunei
Some Red Package (Ang Pow) issued by some private organizations in Brunei

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