Lunar New Year kicks off February 5th, 2019 and, this year, it’s time to celebrate the year of the pig.
Head coach of the Vancity Lion Dance team, Josh Pratt, says lion dance has been a part of Chinese culture for hundreds of year and is a way to tell an open ended story that presents a challenge for the lion. The goal is for the lion to get the red envelope, as well as a head of lettuce that comes with it. They perform at various events, such as, store opening, funerals, Chinese New Year and so much more.
Lion dance became a part of Pratt’s life while he was learning martial arts years ago. He says at least half of his team are made up of martial arts students and the two sports go hand in hand.
It’s a way to not just do a sport and have something productive to do, but also a way to connect with their heritage in some ways and do something cultural.” – Josh Pratt, head coach of Vancity Lion Dance team