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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lion Dance + Dragon Dance + Milo Dance



On normal Sundays, the neighbour's house looks festive enough. 15 grandchildren and their parents drop by. The whole house reverberates with the noise of loud adult conversation and uninhibited children tearing across the lawn or bawling out loud. I am not complaining because these are happy noises made by contented people who enjoy each other's company so much that they willingly get together every Sunday. The people next door don't cook in the tiny saucepans I use nor the inconsequential baking trays. They cook in vats and cauldrons. Unlike us, they don't all eat together because there is no table big enough to seat them all. They eat in shifts of 5 people each even on normal Sundays.

I rather expected that their Chinese New Year celebrations would be quite extraordinary but I didn't quite expect a Dragon Dance PLUS a Lion Dance on the same day. Hundreds of people descended upon the house. There were so many that the kids spilled out into the street to play. Thank goodness they live in a cul de sac so there aren't too many cars whizzing past. I didn't know what noisy really was until yesterday.

The sight of the dragon flying through the air to the beat of the drums sent Milo rushing for cover under a table. When the lion appeared with its wiggling butt, Milo barked a series of challenges. Possibly, the lion was much smaller and so Milo thought he could take him on. The neighbour's 15 grandchildren wanted to show Milo off to their guests so they kept yelling his name over the fence to try and get him to come out and play. I decided that my poor dog would be greatly traumatised by all the hullabaloo so I locked him up in the backyard. This didn't stop the persistent children who at regular intervals throughout the day yelled "Milo! Milo! Milo!" Maybe if I train Milo well this year, we can send him over to do a Milo Dance next year?

7 comments:

Theanne said...

Enjoyed the video...it is nice to see family get together! I hope Milo will do a dance next year!

petunialee said...

Theanne - Thanks!!

Blur Ting said...

This is the first time I've seen people 'patting' a lion like a dog. Those kids are boisterous. I imagine they will be patting Milo all day if he hangs out with them.

petunialee said...

Ting - They're very boisterous indeed but also very obedient and well-behaved. The adults have good control over their children and whilst they play, they're not a nuisance. They've even found a way to include Milo in their games over the fence, by throwing a ball over for Milo to fetch. Milo loves them and if they're playing and he doesn't get to play, he'll perch his front paws on the fence and bark and whine like any one of the toddlers who wanna play. Very cute.

Open Kitchen Concept said...

I'm sure Milo's dance would beat any dragon or lion dance. Go Milo go! :)

petunialee said...

OKC - Yeah Milo! Go Milo!!

Malar said...

I want to see the video clip of MILO dancing! ;)

Anyway I need another help from you. I have taken in 2 puppies ( mongrel) about 3months old. If you have time, please write about how to care for them, feeding time etc.... I have no idea on them.....sigh....sorry if I disturb you....