Wearing bright red and yellow lion dance costumes, members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team welcome in the 2015 Lunar New Year Friday by performing in front, a Vietnamese-owned business in Wichita.
Organizer Jennifer Tran says the group performs around certain restaurants or stores including Nails Express near 21st and Woodlawn, to bring businesses good luck for the New Year.
“We scare away bad spirits from last year," says Tran, "and welcome in new and positive spirits.”
Tran says well wishers also put so-called lucky money in the “lion’s mouth” to represent good fortune, prosperity and happiness.
The dancers, who are members of the Phap Hoa Temple Buddhist youth group, will perform at various stories through Saturday.
Tran says the group celebrates Lunar New Year–Year of the Goat–with approximately three days in America, February 19 through the 21st.
The group will also perform at the following locations:
Friday, February 20, 2015
- 11:30 a.m. - Asian Bistro
- 12:30 p.m. - Pho Hien
- 2:00 p.m. - Lucky Market
- 7:00 p.m. - Thai Tradition
Saturday, February 21, 2015
- 11:30 a.m. - Kim Son
- 1:00 p.m. - Pho Cuong
- 1:45 p.m. - World Phone