Italy Lion and Dragon Dance

Lion's Dance

Ritual dance used throughout the East (with multiple variations) on different occasions of social life to propitiate good wishes and luck.

In China, on New Year’s Eve, thousands of lions and dragons dance on the streets, parks, restaurants, hotels and museums as a sign of good wishes and greetings for a rich and lucky new year, involving children and adults who significantly draw positive energy and harmony in touching and playing with the mythical Lions and Dragons.

It has its roots in the most ancient oriental culture; the legend originally identifies the Lion as the savior animal of villages infested by monsters and great misfortunes, then as a synonym of abundance, well-being, luck and prosperity, so much so that it was raised, together with the Dragon, as the animal symbol of China.

Dragon's Dance

In the Chinese Pantheon of mythological animals, immortal sages and soul deities, the Dragon is the most sacred animal and was the emblem of the Emperor, divine emanation and symbol of strength and benevolence; his legend was born 5000 years ago, together with Chinese people’s culture

The Dragon Dance is already very popular in the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 BC) and has been kept alive until today.

The Dragon’s mask and body can be of various colors: gold, green, flaming red or of different colors.