The Lion Dance is an integral part of the Chinese New Celebrations, nowhere more so than here in Singapore. You will come across these Lion Dance Troupes (the dance is performed a lot during the two weeks of Lunar New Year festivities), all over the place, sometimes when you least expect it. The loud banging of drums and clashing of symbols is a pretty good indicator that there is a Lion Dance going on in the vicinity.
The Southern Lion (南獅) Dance was originated from China, which dates back to the Third Century B.C, and is traditionally regarded as a guardian creature. Southern Lions (南獅) are symbolic creatures, performing to summon luck, prosperity and fortune. The Southern Lion has a fresco of coloration with large eyes and mouth, and a short fur coat. The Holy animal is believed to hold a statutory position amongst the divine creatures and gods, with the ability to bless and bring good fortune and luck.