Celebrate the New Year like a Lion

The Chinese New Year lion dance is one of the most exhilarating ways to celebrate the holiday. 
Chinese New Year–often called Chinese Lunar New Year although it actually is “lunisolar”–is the most important holiday in China. It’s a two week long celebration marked by gift-giving, food-sharing, firecracker-cracking and much joyful celebration. The festival traditionally takes place at the end of winter and marks not only a start of a new year, but the impending coming of spring. The festival is full of jubilant dancing, often performed in the streets by trained dancers in colorful costumes. For example, as you see in this video, in the Chinese New Year lion dance, two performers hidden inside the brightly-colored costume of a lion perform a choreographed, martial arts-like series of steps.

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