Lion dance

Lion Dance is a folk art was born more than 1,500 years ago. The lion, a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune, chases away evil spirits and brings happiness, longevity, and good luck.

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According to ancient Vietnamese history, the lion dance its first appearance about 600 AD. Art lion dance is performed primarily at traditional festivals such as Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tết) and Mid-Autumn Festival. It is also performed at business openings, weddings, birthdays and other celebratory events to bring peace and good fortune.

A feature of the Vietnamese lion dance is its dance partner “Ông Địa” or the spirit of the earth, depicted as a large bellied, broadly grinning man holding a palm-leaf fan. The comical appearance of “Ông Địa” adds to the festive and merry-making nature of the dance. The lion is also accompanied by musicians, playing a large drum, cymbals, and a gong.

The lion dance breaks down the distinction of body and soul, of formal tradition and that of abandoned individual expression, of play and religion, battle and drama. Get a chance to recharging your energy, fulfilling the prosperity by watching acrobatic Lion dances on board while cruising along Mekong river with Victoria Mekong Cruises.

 

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