Martial arts performers shut out Lunar New 12 months on State Road

The thump of percussion and shreds of lettuce rained down on spectators at Lisa Hyperlink Peace Park Sunday afternoon as martial arts performers introduced an iconic staple of Asian tradition to Madison’s Lunar New 12 months celebrations. 

Performers with Zhong Yi Kung Fu Affiliation dazzled the park’s crowd with Lion Dancing, a conventional dance the place two folks man a colourful lion costume.

It was the second 12 months that the affiliation carried out to mark the Lunar New 12 months, the 15-day celebration that marks the start of the lunar calendar. 

Feb. 5 is the final day of the vacation this 12 months. 

However organizers took an vital lesson this 12 months in comparison with final, significantly performing through the day to battle off the February chilly. 

“We noticed that it was going to be 30 levels and we thought that is the proper climate for lion dancing,” mentioned Nelson Ferreira, founding father of Zhong Yi Kung Fu. 

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Lunar New Year Photo

Lion dancers with Zhong Yi Kung Fu Affiliation carry out at Lisa Hyperlink Peace Park to mark the top of the Lunar New 12 months on Sunday. The Downtown’s second Lunar New 12 months, the performers later blessed close by companies to impart good luck and lucky for the 12 months forward. 

The affiliation placed on the efficiency with companions Central Enterprise Enchancment District, a sister group with enterprise group Downtown Madison. 

Like final 12 months, the efficiency aimed to deliver luck and blessings to native companies. 

After the efficiency, dancers blessed a couple of half dozen companies round State Road, together with Chen’s Dumpling Home, Le C’s Patisserie & Tea Home, Madame Chu and Ruyi Hand Pulled Noodle. 

“It is at all times the objective once we do occasions is to deliver the neighborhood collectively but additionally see if we will profit our companies and get folks to spend their {dollars} domestically,” mentioned Michelle Morrison, a program coordinator with the Central Enterprise Enchancment District. 

“We at all times hope there’s an financial benefit for them,” Morrison mentioned. 

In comparison with final 12 months, organizers tried to present a extra thorough clarify of the which means behind the efficiency extra to the viewers. 

Throughout the dance, the lions “eat” tangerines and lettuce after which hand and launch them again to the viewers. 

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The tangerines are an excellent luck image, very like gold, and the lettuce brings luck, Ferreira defined to onlookers earlier than the dance. 

“For those who guys get one of many tangerines you guys are going to have actually good cash coming in towards you,” he mentioned. 

As martial arts college students, the performers actually prepare for the efficiency all 12 months. However preparation for Lunar New 12 months celebrations sometimes begin in December, Ferreira mentioned. 

“That is all a part of the martial tradition of Chinese language arts,” he mentioned. 

Lunar New Year Photo II

Kids feed adorned pink playing cards to lion dancers with Zhong Yi Kung Fu Affiliation at a Lunar New 12 months celebration Sunday at Lisa Hyperlink Peace Park. Lunar New 12 months is a 15-day celebration that marks the beginning of the lunar calendar.

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