What is the traditional purpose of the dragon dance during celebrations of Chinese New Year?
– Chase away the old year
– Bring spring rains in the coming year
– Ward off evil spirits
– Clear the way for the new year to come in
Dragons in Western culture are generally fearsome beasts, bent on destruction and bringing chaos to the lands. Chinese dragons of legend are much different. These Chinese creatures are friendly and represent power, wisdom, good luck and rain clouds. Performance of the dragon dance scares away bad luck and evil spirits. The dragons are wood, paper, fabric and plastic with poles connected underneath. Pole bearers manipulate the dragon to make it “dance.” Source: MentalFloss.com