Like the Lion Dance, the Dragon Dance is one of the most anticipated events of the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations. While it is not to be confused with the Lion Dance, the Dragon Dance is also performed on auspicious occasions and wards off evil spirits and welcomes good fortune.
The dragon has long been revered in Chinese culture as a benevolent creature, despite its fierce appearance. In feudal times, the dragon was thought to be the god of rain, thunder, stars and rainbows. Over the course of centuries, the image of the dragon evolved, becoming ever more beautiful and mighty yet it has always retained its gentle demeanor. Today, the dragon symbolizes power, dignity, wealth and respect.