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Best time and locations
to watch Lion Dances in Tawau
2014 Chinese New Year. A vibrant and colorful celebration for
every Chinese New Year in Tawau. Lion is a symbol of strength and prosperity, it brings joy and happiness,
especially to kids. The following Lion Dances events are open to the public
First Day of the New Year. All the 5 Lion Groups in Tawau will come in turn to this temple first for "Blessing Ceremony" before they started to go house-to-house to perform. Each Lion Group has their own "Blessing Ceremony" cession which lasted for 20 minutes before the next group. During the ceremony they perform with their best and in highest spirit because this is their first public perform in the first day of a new year.
After this Temple of Eight Immortals, each group proceed to
the next temple Lean Fu Tang Temple a kilometers away.
31st January 2014 Friday Morning 9:00AM to 12:00PM
First Day of the New Year. This is the second temple all Lion Groups will pay their visit in the first day of new year.
This annual Lion Dance Performance shown case selected best lions groups in Tawau. Being in a small stadium the audient can watch the performance in a close range.
4- 斗湖普照寺2014 採總青大團拜 The Tawau Buddhist Lodge
14th February 2014 Friday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
At the basketball court of The Tawau Buddhist Lodge. 4 Lion Groups and a Wu Shu (Kungfu) Group will perform. That day is the last day of a 2 weeks celebration of the new year. Chinese celebrate this last day (15th Day) and called the day 鬧元宵.
After this 15th Day (14th February 2014) the Chinese communities will be back to their normal busy and hectic life until the next new spring arrive.
Lion and Dragon Dance Festival
Chinese Temples to visit during
Chinese New Year 2014 in Tawau:
THE YEAR OF THE TIGER
An old Chinese tradition and customs, the spectacular firecrackers fired up in air to greet the "NEW YEAR" and welcome to the community during the Lunar Chinese New Year.
A time for Wushu, Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Unicorn Dance and lot of singing.
The Lion Dance is part of the Chinese
traditional dance whereby dancers will try to imitate the movement
of the lion by putting on a lion-design costume.
Three Unicorns from the Hakka Association first blessed the organizers before the show proper began.
Chinese people have long held the belief that they are descendents of the dragon. Though dragon is regarded as a symbol of evil in western cultures, in China the dragon is held in high esteem for its dignity and power for good.
Dragon Dance is the Chinese most vibrant and spectacular way of expressing fondness for this magnificent mystical creature. Over time, this dragon dance has become an indispensable performance during the Chinese Spring Festival.
And today we'll watch a dragon dance by ex-students of Sabah Chinese High School in our basketball stadium in this little unknown town of Tawau.
A family of Lions (2 adults and 2 small lion cubs) greets children during the performance.
This Lion family from HockKien Association danced their way into the hearts of onlookers mostly came in family groups.
It is amazing to see children being able to perform well. Wushu Masters also teaches students discipline.
Jumping big cat - the Tiger Dancers showing off their acrobatic skills during their performance at Tawau Basketball Stadium on the 8th day of Chinese New Year.
Many have been eagerly waiting for the dance in this Chinese New Year. Finally, they saw for the first time this long awaited Tiger Dance presented by Buddhist Association.
It was former Home Minister Tan Sri Ghazalie Shafie ( who passed away in January 2010 only a month earlier ) who in the late 1970s proposed the Tiger dance be performed by Malaysian because the tiger “is Malaysian”.
This Chinese New Year is the year of the Tiger, a year for tiger dance performances. Tiger dance, like the lion’s, originated from China centuries ago. It has a style and choreography similar to the lion dance.
Tigers have long been regarded as a majestic symbol of authority. a “ deity dubbed God of wealth”.
|Year of the Tiger has historically
been a year of positive changes and opportunities. Those who want to
succeed adopt the characteristics of a tiger in everything that they
do. These characteristics are passion, courage, strength and
People born in
the Year of the Tiger have always been known to be competent
leaders, driven by an unerring drive and ambitious nature.
The tiger dance originated
centuries ago in China. It has a style and choreography that is
similar to the lion dance. Tigers have long been regarded as a
majestic symbol of authority and is sometimes even revered as a
deity, being dubbed the “God of Wealth”.
Before this, the tiger dance was not known at all in Malaysia, as we already have the lion and dragon dances. However, with the Year of the Tiger around the corner, it’s a great time for the tiger dance to make its début.
Lion Dance Troupes in Tawau
|2||斗湖客家公会麒麟团||HAKKA ASSOCIATION TAWAU|
|5||斗湖普照寺醒狮团||Pu Zhao Temple|
|6||斗湖海南会馆南狮团||Tawau Hainan Association|
|7||斗湖福建会馆京狮团||Tawau Hokkien Association|
|11||沙巴武術協會斗湖聯委會貔貅麒麟團||Sabah Wushu Association (SWA)|
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