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Dance of the dragons

Update: January, 25/2017 - 15:45
High jump: A Lion Dance performance at the first Unicorn-Lion-Dragon Dance festival held in October on Nguyễn Huệ Pedestrian Street in HCM City. — VNS Photo Mạnh Linh
Viet Nam News

The colourful and noisy Unicorn/Lion/Dragon Dance, a Vietnamese traditional custom, is usually performed on festivals and major occasions, particularly during Tết (Lunar New Year). It is believed that the dance dispels evil and brings good luck. A family or a business visited by a lion dance performance is believed to have good luck for the rest of the year. The joyful and fun performances, accompanied by beating drums, are always popular during Tết festivities. —VNS



Dragon get-ups: A shop selling Unicorn-Lion-Dragon dance costumes in HCM City’s District 5. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng
Love of play: Children pose for photos with “lions”. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng
Street cred: The Vĩnh Thắng troupe of HCM City takes part in a procession on the streets of District 5. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng
Honouring the ancestors: The Hào Nhựt Troupe of HCM City during a ceremony at the Thiên Hậu Temple in District 5. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng


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