Lion dancers run out of luck this lunar new year

Angie Tan

Members of the Kwong Ngai lion dance troupe performing at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, last year, just as Covid-19 began to take hold worldwide. – EPA pic, January 29, 2021.

A CERTAIN noise will be missing from Chinese New Year celebrations this year – that of the clashing cymbals and pounding drums that accompany the traditional lion dance.

Bookings for the colourful performance are down 90%, cancelled along with the large, festive gatherings that usually take place to usher in the lunar new year, which falls on February 12 and 13 this year.

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