Dragon dance at Harbour City mall was spectacle not to be missed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 11:25am

Valentine's Day this year comes hot on the heels of the Lunar New Year, and amid the candlelit dinners and champagne brunches are traditional festivities and family reunions.

For many, one of the best parts of the Lunar New Year is the dragon and lion dances. There are many to see, but the one yesterday at the Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui was not to be missed.

The activities started with a traditional lion and dragon eye-dotting ceremony, and an especially wild dance in which performers visited the many tenants of Harbour City to deliver good New Year's tidings to all.

Then, 10 dancers dressed as Da Tou Fo, or the laughing big-headed Buddha, performed an updated and funky take on the traditional New Year's performance.

Next, for a dose of cute, children dressed in traditional Chinese garb joined similarly attired models to pass out gifts of candles, calligraphy scrolls and lai see packets to the crowd.

All of this took place under the watchful eye of Canis Lee Lai-yi, the assistant director and general manager of Harbour City Estates, and her special guest, the beloved local actress and Canto-pop singer Miriam Yeung Chin-wah.