Chinese Dragon CostumeA look at the dragon dance as a symbol for the chinese culture
What is the dragon dance? It is a Chinese cultural dance that has been indispensable to most Chinese festivals since the ancient times. With many of Chinese people living in different parts of the world, the dragon dance has been taken to every corner of the world as a celebration of the Chinese traditions. The origin of the dragon dance can be traced back to the Han Dynasty between 206 BC to around 220 AD. The dance was used for worshiping their ancestors and praying for the rains ceremony which with time developed into an entertainment activity.
The Chinese dragon costume is used for the dragon dance and is made from different materials like paper, cloth, grass and bamboo. The body of the dragon also used for the dance is placed in a king temple for the dragon and taken out only on the day of the dance. It is accompanied by people holding cultural banners, flags, blowing trumpets and pounding drums.
During the dance the leading person holds a rod with a big ball at the top. The ball is moved from side to side, up and down while the dragon follows the ball. As the dragons body keeps moving in waves it appears to be dancing.