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Dragons in Kota Kinabalu

You first hear the percussions and gongs from the street corner, and when you get there, past the little crowd, you can see them : the New Year dragons, dancing on a doorstep to bring wealth to the home. During the Lunar New Year week, dragon dancers troupes are paid by chinese families to come perform for luck and prosperity.

Malaysia has a big Chinese minority. In every major city there’s a Chinatown and you can hear hakka (Hokkien dialect) and Cantonese (from Guangzhou), and you really get a feeling you’re back in China, lah!

Neighbors came from all around to see the dances, the yellow or white dragons jumping on pillars two meters high following the crazy rythm of drums and cymbals. And at the end, kids give the dancers a red envelope with money inside, you know, to bring luck and wealth. Right, why wouldn’t you offer money to bring more money?

So yeah here in Kota Kinabalu, New Year’s week is over, but people are late. It’s blurry and contrasty because my 800iso isn’t so great.


  1. Eh bien tu as l’air de t’être beaucoup plus amusé que moi pour le “nouvel an chinois” que moi qui suis pourtant en Chine… La civilisation fait des ravages…

    Comment by FanOu — Mar 26th, 2010 @ 01:49 PM
  2. tes photos sont super mais je corrige juste un truc, ces animaux mimes par deux personnes costumees faisant des acrobaties ne sont pas des dragons mais des lions… si si j’te jure. Je te l’accorde ca y ressemble pas vraiment.

    Comment by Elly — Mar 27th, 2010 @ 03:27 PM
  3. non non je te promets, les gens, les locaux, les chinois qui vivent là, ils me disaient c’est des dragons. après je sais pas, ils se trompent peut-être!

    Comment by joachim — Mar 27th, 2010 @ 04:55 PM

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