Chinese New Year is heralded across the globe with the drum beats and flashes of colour associated with the flamboyant and athletic lion dance. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, symbolising strength and determination. However, it is also a year when the Covid-19 pandemic will mute usual celebrations and curtail parades.
While we look forward to a world in due course in which we can all celebrate festivals again, here is a short story about the history of lion dancing inspired by a drum in the Australian Golden Dragon Museum collection.
Happy new year!
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