Happy Lunar New Year!! This new year kicks off the year of the Tiger and what better way to celebrate than with traditional festivities? Here are locations in the local DFW area where celebrations are being held. My bro is part of the performance team at the renowned J. K. Wong Kungfu Tai Chi Academy. If you’ve never seen a dragon or lion dance, I urge you to come out to see!
The following shows feature a combination of multiple lions dancing (as is pictured at the top of post), a 72-foot long dragon guided by 9 people (for select shows – Great Wall Super Buffet, New Truong Nguyen, Crow Collection of Asian Art, & Bistro B), and martial arts demonstrations. There is no cost to attend any of these shows.
The lion dance is a Chinese tradition that is believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness for the new year. For more information about the Chinese New Year tradition, please visit our performance team’s website at: http://www.dragonliondance.com/
Friday 2/19: 8pm -Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora St, Dallas 75201
Festivities begin at 6pm. Glow in the dark Dragon Dance performance at The Crow!
Saturday, 2/20: 11am – Nam Hung Supermarket
1700 E. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76010
Saturday, 2/20: 3pm – Bistro B
9780 Walnut Street, Dallas, TX 75243
Sunday, 2/21: 1pm – Hiep Thai Supermarket
3347 West Walnut Street, Garland, TX 75042
Do try to arrive early in order to secure a good spot to watch! For those with small children, be aware that outdoor shows will have firecrackers lit so it will be very loud. These festivities tend to be very crowded so I recommend leaving strollers at home.
Hint on interacting with Lions after the show: It is traditional to give an offering to the lions for good luck and to thank them for scaring away bad spirits. What this means is that you can give the Lions a donation by feeding it(cash is easiest, traditionally given in red envelope, but by itself is fine as well).
If you’ve never been to a Lunar New Year show, I highly recommend it! This is a great cultural experience for all.