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Concluding Lunar Year 2014 and welcoming Chinese (Lunar) New Year of the Sheep 2015

On February 19, 2014 the entire world will welcome Chinese (Lunar) New Year of the Sheep 2015. Soon there will a lot lion dances and celebration in china towns all around the world.

In the meantime, our year in 2014 has been a busy one. Here are some photos of some of the events that we have participated in year 2014.

Apart from the lion dances that we participated in Chinese New Year 2014, we also performed at various functions and celebrations in Toronto throughout the entire year 2014.

The International Lions Club Convention was held in Toronto – July 5, 2014

Lion-dancing at International Lions Clubs Convention 2014 at Toronto

 

Sichuan-China delegation participating at International Lions Clubs Convention with Lion Dance Toronto lion teams

 

We also had other engagements such with the Durham Chinese Community Culture Centre.

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Of course like every year our lions open for the Annual 42nd division Toronto Police and Community Picnic in June 2014.

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42nd division Toronto Police Community Picnic - organizing committee

 

Happy Lunar New Year 2015. Welcome the Year of Sheep!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!   Gung Hay Faatt Choy!

 

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Welcome to Lion Dance Toronto

 

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Welcome to Lion Dance Toronto’s new site developed by Julia Zander.

Our lion dance teams are ready to perform at your event in Toronto. We have several shows lined up for wedding receptions. However, we do not only perform at wedding receptions, we also perform at community events namely, 42nd division Police Community Picnic in Scarborough, Richmond Hill’s Five Senses Festival. Lion Dance Toronto also performs at auspicious new business or new branch openings.In traditional Chinese mythology, the lion dance will drive away evil and bring positive energy and good fortune.

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Lion Dance Mythology in China

The “Nian” tale: Every spring before the Spring Festival, the beast called “Nian” attacked the village and destroy crops. Tired of the destruction, the villagers banded together and came up with a solution. They built a fierce looking and brightly coloured costume with mask which looked like a lion. When the Nian returned to terrorize the villagers again, they donned the costume and waved the mask towards the Nian. The prancing about in costume along with the loud noise of beating pots and pans, were enough to frighten and drove the beast away and never to return again. Ever since, the event performance has been renacted annually, on Lunar New Year, that symbolizes happiness, success, good fortune. In some accounts of the story of the Nian, the beast was actually a lion which was eventually tamed by a Buddhist monk and it became the guardian to the villagers. Some lion dances would have the Big Headed Buddha (in Cantonese, it is called the Dai Tao Fut).

Good omen dream: A Tang dynasty legend has it that the Emperor dreamt of an odd looking creature, that he has never seen before, saved his life. Upon waking up, the emperor described to his advisors and asked them what was that creature he had in his dream. Since there were no lions in China, nobody had the answer except for one of his ministers. The minister told him that the creature was a lion. As the emperor felt his dream had messages of good omen, he ordered the construction of the model “lion”. Born again lion: The mythical lion who lived in heaven has a fondness for practical jokes. One day the lion’s behaviour angered the Jade Emperor. The Jade Emperor killed the lion and tossed out its detached head and body to rot. Feeling pity and merciful, Goddess Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, re-attached the lion’s head and body with a red sash and give the lion life again on condition that it will do acts of goodwill. Today, the red sash is seen on the lion head and it symbolizes positive life energy, Yang energy (Yin, which is negative energy, is the opposite of Yang). Goddess Kwan Yin also attached in the front of the lion’s forehead a unicorn horn and a reflective object i.e. mirror which are believed to bring good fortune and drive away evil spirits. (Unicorn is one of the celestial animals in Chinese folklore).