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CHINESE SPRING: NEW YEAR

FESTIVAL
>Chinese New Year is the longest and most important
festivity in the Chinese calendar.
> Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and
territories with significant Chinese populations, like
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore,
Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritus, Philippines, and
Vietnam.
>Chinese New Year is known as “ Spring Festival”
>Chinese New Year Eve, a day where Chinese families
gather for their annual reunion dinner, is know as Chuxi
or “ Eve of the passing year”.
Because the Chinese calendar is lunar- solar, the Chinese
New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
THE DRAGON DANCE
>The dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and
performance in Chinese culture.
>Its often called as “descendants of the dragon”( long de
chuan ren)
> The dragon symbolizes power, strength, and good luck.
>The dance team mimics the supposed movements of
this river spirit in a flowing, rise and fail manner.
> Traditional woman wear the shirts with the chinese
dragon symbols and traditional kung fu suits coats.
Children wear dragon costumes and the kung fu suits
too.
TAIKO DRUM FESTIVAL OF
JAPAN
A good example of a professional taiko drumming
troupe is the Kodo. Name Kodo conveys two
meanings:
1. Heart beat the primal source of all rhythm and
read in a different way.
2. Children of the drum, a reflection of Kodo’s
desire to play their drums simply, with the heart
of a child.
The main focus of the performance includes
the following:
 Uchite, the taiko drummer
 Different drums
 Other traditional Japanese instruments such
as fue and shamisem make an appearance on
stage.
 Traditional dance and vocal performance.
 performance normally last for about one hour
and forty minutes.
COSTUME AND PROPS
HAPPI- coats over black with white calligraphy.
HACHIMAKI- white headband
ODAIKO- big drum
TABI- shoes with big toe seperated
JOZUKE- medium drum
CHIME- small drum
BALINESE DANCE FESTIVAL OF
INDONESIA
•Balinese dances are very ancient dance tradition that
is a part of the religious and artistic expression among
the Balinese people.
•In Bali, there are various categories of dance including
epic performance such as the universal Mahabrata and
Ramayana.
• The characters are Rangda, the witch representing
evil and Barong, the lion or dragon, representing good.
•Legong, a refined dance form characterized by
intricate finger movements, complicated footwork, and
expressive gestures.
•Kecak, a form of Balinese dance and music
drama.
MOVEMENTS
 Multiple levels of articulations in the face,
eyes, hands, arms, hips and feet are coordinated
to reflect layers of prcussive sounds.
COSTUMES
Most female dancers wear:
 various colors of make up
A crown
 both real and golden flowers their hair
 sarong and wrap a long sash from their hips
to their breasts as well as may gold decorations.
MALE DANCERS
 make up
 a mask when they dance the topenf
dance
 a crown
 a cloak or many pieces of these
clothes around their body
Male dancers also carry a sword on
their shoulders
LANTERN FESTIVAL OF
THAILAND

Sky lantern ( Yi Peng) Festival of Thailand is held not
just in this country but also in China, Taiwan, and other
neighbouring countries.
 The Chiang Mai area has been the scene of mass
sky lantern release.
LOY OR LOI KRATHONG FESTIVAL
Loy/ Loi literally means “ to float” while Krathong
refers to the “ lotus- shaped receptale” which can float
on the water.
It is ritual honoring Phra Mae Kongka, the godess of
water.

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