Dragon Dance is also known as "Playing dragon lantern" and "Dance of dragon lantern", with the "Dragon" made of grasses, bamboos and cloth as the main prop. Dragon dance is very popular around China during the Spring Festival and the Festival of Lanterns. Dragon in Chinese culture is a symbol of fortune, nobility, bravery and, especially, power. The archetype of Dragon Dance is the "Dance" performed in the Emperor Yan and Emperor Yellow period for sacrificing the heaven and praying for the rain, in which some witches danced like dragons soaring into the sky. Thence, people weaved "Grass Dragon" with haulms and osiers and invented the dragon dance. During festivals, people perform dragon dance to pray for the blessing of the dragon and a good harvest. If you are lucky enough and your China tour deals just falls into Chinese Spring Festival, you should never miss watching the terrific Dragon Dance, which would offer you more idea about Chinese custom.
Dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. Many Chinese people often use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend started in the 1970s. Another derivation is from i.e. the descendants of Shennong, the legendary first king of the Chinese people who taught them agriculture, law and medicine, the foundations of civilization. Many private China tours of spring festival discovery theme mostly provided the dragon dance discovery activities in their itineraries.
The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolise historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world.
Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which is reflected in their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority.
To discover China, many travelers may think of take a Yangtze River tour to discover the Mother River of China, while to the culture-lovers, they may want to experience more about Chinese customs and the like. In this case, watching the dragon dance would be a must-have along their China travel.
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