Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Karate Kids

Fieldbase some special visitors this week to celebrate Chinese New Year. A group of children from a local karate school and their teacher came to fieldbase and performed a traditional lion dance. For the Volunteer managers who had just arrived back from their project planning visitors it was a nice welcome home.

It is a typical practice for a martial arts school to have lion dancer troupes that visit the houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of "cai ching" at new year. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune and the troupe is usually rewarded with a "red envelope" containing money. The lion dance has close relations to Kung Fu, the martial art members of the local kung fu club or school practice in their club and some train hard to master the skill as one of the disciplines of the martial art.

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