The significance of dragon dance in Chinese culture

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A file photo shows a dragon dance performance in Meizhou, Guangdong Province. /CFP
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A file photo shows a dragon dance performance in Meizhou, Guangdong Province. /CFP
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A file photo shows a dragon dance performance in Meizhou, Guangdong Province. /CFP
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A file photo shows a dragon dance performance in Meizhou, Guangdong Province. /CFP

The dragon dance is a time-honored traditional folk activity in Chinese culture, often observed during festive celebrations, much like the lion dance.

Typically, the “dragon” is kept in the local Dragon King temple. On the day of the celebration, led by banners, gongs, drums, and horns, the dragon’s body is reverently brought out from the temple. The dragon head and tail are affixed, followed by a ceremony to dot the eyes of the dragon, symbolizing the belief that this act brings the dragon to life.

The culture of dragon and lion dances has spread beyond China to southeast Asia, and even to some regions with significant Chinese communities in Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. It has become a significant symbol of Chinese culture.

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