We are so excited to celebrate our second Chinese New Year with you this weekend!
We are proud to invite 7 Star Dragon Team back to perform lion dances for our celebration. This martial arts team started in Houston back in the early 90’s and they are a non-profit organization. All donations are strictly used for the maintenance of their equipment.
Traditionally, lion dances were performed during new year celebrations to scare off bad spirits with loud drums and cymbals paired with the face of a lion, which are auspicious animals in Chinese culture. When witnessing a lion dance, it is lucky to feed red pockets filled with money to the lion. This action is done for good luck for both spectator and lion dancer and is an offer to thank the martial arts team for putting on the performance.
Everyone who came to our celebration last year had such a wonderful time and we were so impressed with the team. Ginger & Fork decided to sponsor a lion for the team. We felt that it would be something very special for us to be a part of because the lion is custom made in Hong Kong. Nobody has seen our completed lion yet due to superstition, so we are all very thrilled for our lion’s unveiling.
A blessing ceremony is held before a new lion’s first dance. The purpose of the ritual is to empower the lion to fulfill its duty of bringing about protection, good luck, health, and prosperity to those present. In Chinese culture, the eyes reflect the spirit and thus, the last step before the lion comes alive is for its eyes to be dotted.
We are delighted to experience this special occasion with you. Please join us this Saturday, February 17, at 5pm for the unveiling of our G&F lion and eye-dotting ceremony. We cannot wait to bring in the Year of the Dog with you!