Lion Dance trucks have long held a certain romance for me. When I got to ride in the truck during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Penang, it was such a treat. For years now I have been looking for a troupe to ride with for a day during Chinese New Year. And this year it happened! The boys of Heng Kok Lion Dance Troupe gave permission for me to spend a day with them on one of their trucks. Here are a few images from the day.
Private homes were our focus of the day, a few large bungalows, a few link houses – all the same in the eyes of the lion. Each performance was treated respectfully. The Lions also have to be careful not to knock anything over amidst the revery.
Back on solid ground, we went to a beautiful private compound off Jln Ipoh where Heng Kok was returning for the third year in a row. The team work was awesome as there were 5 homes to visit during this visit, each requiring the ritual inspection of the house, the firecrackers, the preparation of the offering tray, and the respectful reverence of the ancestor altars.
I can’t say enough about what a great team these guys are. They work hard. Everyone took turns under the costume and playing the percussion. It is hot work too. There was plenty of discussion throughout the day, and moral support and friendship and everyone helps load and unload the truck at each stop.
A great day of dancing with lions!
For more information about Heng Kok Lion Dance Troupe check out their Facebook page!