This unit is part of TRIO’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of three lessons which are suitable for all grades. The lessons look at the lion and dragon dances which are significant aspects of the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Chinese festivals are linked to a lunar calendar. The dates for the Chinese New Year changes from year to year according to the new moon (normally late January – February). The Chinese New Year festivities are celebrated over 15 days, ending on the full moon. The Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration of the year in the Chinese community.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in Chinese communities around the world. There are large Chinese communities outside of China e.g. Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The Dragon dance and Lion dance are traditional Chinese performance dances. They are performed as part of the New Year celebrations and are performed to bring good luck, long life and wisdom.