The Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance Team – Saturday
Saturday, July 7 | 10:20–10:50am; 11:30–11:45am; 12:45–1pm; 2:30–2:45pm
Experience the magic and tradition of Chinese Lion Dancing!
The Lion Dance has been a traditional part of Chinese culture for many centuries. Legend has it that the lion was made to drive off a monster which was raiding Chinese villages. Ever since, the lion has been considered a good omen.
The lion is not an enemy unless provoked; it hunts for food only when hungry. Consequently the lion is believed to scare away evil spirits, and assure good luck. All festive events therefore begin with a lion dance performed with the accompaniment of drums, cymbals, and gongs.
The lion dance consists of: sleeping, scratching, stretching, walking, running, jumping, and eating. The lion eats the “Lei Si” or good luck money, which is an offering wrapped in green leaves.
The Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance Team is based in Vancouver and is well known to the community. The team has participated in the Chinese New Year’s parade in Chinatown for over ten years and also participated in many charitable, fundraising, and community events. This team has participated in lion dance competitions, received many special awards, and performed demonstrations in many big events and martial arts tournaments. They have also been invited to do the performances for many major malls, public markets, schools, universities, and the grand opening of stores and businesses throughout the lower mainland.
About The Festival
Whistler Children's Festival is produced by Arts Whistler, a registered charity established in 1982 with a mandate to build and integrate the arts into the fabric of the community.