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Describe a lion dance that you have watched

 
Chinese New Year is a time of festivity for the Chinese, and one of the ways of celebrating it is to have a lion dance in front of the house or business premises. A lion dance is believed to bring luck to the place.

It was the eighth day of the New Year. My friend, who has a computer shop in town, invited a troupe of lions to usher in the year at his shop. A one-ton truck carrying the troupe arrived at the premises at 9:30 a.m. The troupe had two lions, one red and the other yellow. The performers were young men and boys from a local Chinese association.

quickly the performers donned the lion costumes. Each lion costume had two performers inside it. The big drum rolled and the cymbals clanged. The lions started dancing to the pulsating beat. They performers were very skilful as they pranced around in mock combat. The thunderous beat of the drum soon attracted a sizable audience in front of the shop.

The dance went on for about ten minutes as the drum kept the tempo going. The performers must be really fit to keep the action going at the frantic pace.

My friend had hung two red packets at a height of about three meters above the door of his shop. These red packets were prizes for the lions. They will have to reach up and take the packets. So after the round of dancing, the red lion reached up to take one of the packets. this was accomplished by having the front performer stand on the shoulders of the back performer. It was by no means an easy feat, but they performed well in getting a red packet. In similar fashion the yellow lion reached up and took the second red packet.

After claiming their prizes, the two lions stage a final round of dancing. When the dance concluded, the spectators gave them a hearty round of applause. It was a fine performance.

The members of the troupe then had snacks and drinks that were prepared for them. Finally the troupe packed their things and got on their truck to go and stage another performance somewhere else in town.

     
pulsating   very interesting and exciting
     
frantic   almost out of control because of extreme emotion
     
feat   something difficult needing a lot of skill, strength, courage, etc. to achieve it
 
 
 

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