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Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan Part 3: Chinese Lion Dance

Youths clad in garish Chinese lion masks and costumes prance nimbly, leaping in the air, twisting and rolling over on the ground in the ritualistic Chinese lion dance of Chinese New Year.

Bowing, they enter stores and homes bestowing good luck and receiving red envelopes of cash in their mouths from proprietors. The clash and beat of symbols and drums, the eardrum shattering crackle and acrid smoke of firecrackers deafen and choke in the stifling heat.

I followed different groups of Chinese lion dancers around the streets of Nakhon Sawan in central Thailand, photographing their colorful and energetic displays.

Check out my posts on Chinese opera and other Chinese New Year events.

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5 responses

  1. Lovely as always Lucy!!!!

    March 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    • Thanks Nicole, you would have loved it! I have hundreds of photos I’m still sorting through!

      March 12, 2013 at 1:45 am

      • I can only imagine how many photos you have!!!

        March 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  2. Pingback: Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan Part 4: Night Parade | loca4motion

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