Traditional Chinese Lion Dance

Traditional Chinese Lion Dance at Kirin Seafood Restaurant in New Westminster, BC © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography

About today’s photo: It was taken at Kirin Seafood Restaurant in New Westminster, BC during my cousin’s wedding on Sept. 1, 2013. I used a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens with a Canon 430X II speedlight on top. Originally I didn’t like the slight motion blur caused by the moving lion, but I quite like it because it has that “in the moment” feel; like I’ve been caught watching the lion, eyeing me as I was sitting at my table..

Traditional Chinese weddings typically end in a big banquet reception where a lion dance takes place; the two lions, one female and one male, are manned by people. They make their way to the head table where the bride and groom sit. Lettuce is usually “eaten” by the lions, and the lettuce is thrown around to people at various tables. Sometimes, the bride and groom even swap places with the people holding up the lions heads. I can’t say for sure, but like most Chinese traditions, the whole display probably has to do with luck.

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