February 19, the fifteenth day of the first month on Chinese lunar calendar, is the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival. Fourteen dragon and lion dance teams from Hunan, Guangdong, and Guangxi, competed in Nanyue Hengshan Mountain on the same day.
Chengbu hanging dragon dance of Hunan Province. (Photo/Wang Haohao)
Dragon dance. (Photo/Wang Haohao)
The dragon and lion dances are traditional folk cultural and sporting activities originated in ancient China. They have been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years, and popularized to other parts of the world thanks to the Chinese migration.
The competition on site. (Photo/Wang Haohao)
The lion dance. (Photo/Wang Haohao)
The Chengbu hanging dragon dance team from Shaoyang, Hunan won the first place in the dragon dance competition. The lion dance champion was honored to Guangxi Honglongtang Dragon and Lion Sports Association. This lion dance team, established in 2013, once won the 2017 and 2018 Malaysia International Lion Dance Invitational Competitions.