Celebrate Chinese New Year with good fortune, luck and happy
Chung Wah Society, a social and sporting club, has offered blessing performances for businesses and homes across NT for many years. Chung Wah Society's Lion Dance troupe are always busy during Chinese New Year with around 400 businesses and homes from Darwin to Alice Spring receiving blessings. The Lion Dance is believed to scare away evil spirits and brings forth good luck, joy, fortune and happiness for the year ahead.
During the 1950s and 1960s, most of Darwin businesses were owned and operated by Chinese families. A dedicated group of people would perform the Lion Dance during Chinese New Year to bless these businesses.
Very heavy lion head
To celebrate The Year of Dog in 2018, Chung Wah Society are presenting a blessing performance at The Smith Street Mall on Saturday 24th February 2018 from 9am to 1pm and at The Waterfront on Thursday 1st March 2018 from 5pm to 6pm. During the blessing performance, the lion head will carry the good spirits from the Chinese Temple – located at Woods Street Darwin. The lion will start the performance with three bows to pay respect and move throughout the area before being called back by the drum to eat the offering. The offering is usually hung by the entrance of businesses. The offerings consist of a lucky red packet and some form of green, which the lion will eat and then spit out, returning the wealth and good luck to the business.
Offering to the lion
The noisy drum and cymbal will scare away evil spirits
Come to Chung Wah Society's Blessing Performance at The Mall and The Waterfront and witness a tradition that has been passed down for generations. There will be more attractions to enjoy for the whole family as well, such as a Tai Chi performance and children's activities.