During Chinese New Year in Singapore you often hear the sound of drums. Drums are everywhere—in the neighborhood, in the mall, at the grocery store, at your favorite restaurant…it’s a constant ringing in your ears. With the drums come the lions—dancers, that is. One of the most important traditions of Chinese New Year is to have a lion dance that wards off bad or evil spirits.
The lion costume is made for two people—two very fit, strong, athletic people! The lion dances around the establishment to the loud beat of drums and grabs a hong bao (a red envelope with money) that is hung up high. Normally it’s so high that the Lion has to do some acrobatics to get to it! The Lion also receives oranges as offerings and quickly takes them underneath the costume to peel, leaving them in the shape a Chinese symbol on the ground.