I’m actually a member of a lion dance troupe.
Not many people actually know about it. Hahaa. I guess I don’t have to boast about it right although many people really feel I’m a banana.
Every year during the first and second day of Chinese New Year, I’ll go house to house to perfrom lion dance.
This year, I feel a bit lazy. Furthermore, my brother is not joining me this year. He has to work. I’ve joined the troupe since I was 9. My brother joined in few years later.
I supposed to go for lion dance performance this morning at 7.30am but I woke at 8.45am. damn it man! Aih.. I missed it. I can’t go look for them coz I don’t have any of the member’s hp number. So I’ll go meet them at the makan place in a while.
I never missed performing lion dance everywhere. I guess it’s already my own culture. It’s part of me. I feel so awkward and guilty if I don’t go. It’s the Chinese tradition anyway. If we don’t keep doing it, the art and tradition will die off eventually. I’m proud of myself.
Mum has been very supportive and encouraging all this while. If we don’t go perform, she’ll start questioning. She was not happy this morning. Hahaha.
Lion dance performance is indeed a very tiring activity. At the end of the day, we’ll sweat, bleed, get darker, have blisters and pimples.
But of course, some of the house owners will give us angpau. That’s the best part. The small kids join the troupe because of this pull factor. But as they grow older, angpau does not really matter. They do it for the love of the art, the spirit of Chinese New Year, the sense of belonging and to have fun.
Alright, I’m going off now to produce good music, bring some prosperity to the families and get some angpau hopefully. =p