Chinese weddings are rich with formality and traditions. One of which is the Lion Dance. Here are 3 things you should consider before booking a troupe to perform you wedding lion dance.
This Chinese cultural tradition dates back to ancient times. It is usually performed at the reception and it is a wonderful treat for all of the guests at your wedding. The Lion is a symbol that represents both bravery and prosperity. The dance is performed to bestow blessing upon the newlywed couple and many believe that the dance chases away evil spirits who wish to destroy any happiness.
The wedding lion dance or performance itself is very loud and festive. There is always live drumming, .with other percussion instruments, like the cymbals and the gong to compliment the beats
There are many types of lions and styles of dance. The differences originate from the region of China where the performers are from. However, the basics remain the same. The bride and groom feed the Lions “Choy Cheng” or “Eating of the green”. This is usually lettuce or bak choy combined with a lucky red envelope. Usually after the lions eat the greens the spit it back out by tossing loose leaves to guests to spread the evening’s good luck. At the very end, of the dance the lions often present a red scroll that contains a optimistic message, such as “1000 Years of Happiness”
The Wedding Lion Dance is often times mistaken for the dragon dance. The Lion Dance is different from the dragon dance in that it is operated by just two people whereas the dragon takes 9 or more people to operate. For the Lion Dance one performer operates the head while the other operates the tail
Here are 3 tips to think about before booking a lion dance for your wedding.
1. Do your research before booking any one troupe. Sites like Yelp and youtube can help you see the different groups in your area.
2. Know how elaborate of a performance you want. Do you need 7 lions to perform? or are two enough? Do you want the lions to introduce the newlywed couple or do you want a full performance of 17 to 20 minutes?
3. Ask to see the lions in person to see the quality of the costumes being used.
If you are interested in booking our team for your wedding lion dance, please give us a call at 702-336-1095. We would love to perform for you.