Chinese Dragon Festival at London Primary School

Filed under: Chinese Culture and Traditions,Chinese Dragon - 09 Jul 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese Dragon is so famous and popular that even children have heard of it and, what’s more, seem to be fascinated by this iconic Chinese symbol. A recent carnival thrown by children at Highlands Primary School in London stands to prove that.

Wanstead Park, where the school is located, transformed into a riot of joy and color after hundreds of children performed with costumes, instruments, masks and, of course, a colorful Chinese dragon. The kids paraded from the school, in Highlands Gardens, to the park.


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Naturally, the carnival was centered around a story created by the children. The fete saw children taking in countries around the globe to illustrate UNICEF’s children’s rights. The story behind the carnival was of two friends who traveled through a portal around the world and had different adventures in every place they visited.

Each class at the school was designated to represent a different costumes. For the representation, the classes used elaborate costumes created right at school. Then, the kids performed a national dance – including street dance, samba from Brazil, and Russian folk dancing. The renowned Chinese dragon dance didn’t miss, either.


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Organizer Sandy Kaur said both parents and children had a wonderful day. “It was a huge success and there was so much positive feeling”, she added.

This kind of initiative is not only fun and exciting for parents, children and teachers alike, but is also very educational. Given the theme of the carnival, all pupils had the chance to learn about different countries of the planet and their culture, traditions and iconic symbols.


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The Chinese dragon was clearly a great attraction, since children of all ages seem to be fascinated with these creature. Not to mention that the kids had the chance to design their own costumes and be part of the whole carnival process. What a great initiative!

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Interesting Facts About The Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 18 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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Dragons have always been regarded to as fascinating animals, no matter if we are referring to European or Chinese culture. Dragons are part of the Chinese culture, but they exist in the Western world, as well. Where did dragons come from? No one really knows which is the origin of these animals.


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  • When it comes to appearance, the Chinese dragon looks like a combination of more than one animal. This dragon has a little something from reptiles, snakes, but also lizards and alligators.
  • Dragons have always been extremely important in Chinese culture. They are mythological creatures, the symbol of Chinese emperors.
  • In Chinese culture, dragons are considered to be strong and intelligent creatures, able to bring good fortune.
  • They were used as symbols of political leaders, as well as warriors.
  • Chinese dragons are able to burn anything on their way, but still they are associated with bodies of water, including the East China Sea.
  • In Chinese mythology, dragons are considered to be yang, while phoenix is yin. While the dragon is extremely powerful, the phoenix is gentle and graceful.
  • The dragon is one of the 12 animals of the zodiac.
  • People born in the Year of the Dragon are considered to be great leaders. However, they can also be tactless and arrogant.
  • Chinese dragons have always been associated with the number 9.
  • Chinese dragons are usually featured in sculptures and paintings.
  • The dragon is worshiped as a holy creature in many regions of China.


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There are numerous stories about the Chinese dragon. The symbol of the dragon is extremely important in Chinese culture. It is featured as an important part of all Chinese Festivals. For instance, the dragon dance has become widely known as part of the Song Dynasty. Another famous festival featuring this symbol is the Dragon Boat Festival.

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Make Your Own Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 30 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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Historically, the Chinese dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. This legendary creature is a very important symbol in Chinese mythology and folklore, being known to the world especially due to the Chinese dragon dance that happens on new year’s eve. Chinese dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. If you want to learn how to make a brightly colored Chinese dragon on your own, check out the steps below. The dragon’s flexible body will move up and down just like the real thing. Remember to give it a friendly face, because Chinese dragons are not fierce fire-breathing creatures.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 strips of red and yellow or orange paper (75 cm long and 3 cm wide);
  • orange and green card;
  • yellow, white, red and orange paper;
  • a pencil;
  • sequins;
  • glue;
  • scissors.

Here is what you have to do.

  • Cut out the dragon’s head shape from an 8cm by 8cm square of red paper.

  • Cut an 8cm by 3cm rectangle from a piece of green paper and snip wavy lines almost to the full length to make the dragon’s beard. Glue the beard to the back of the chin of the dragon’s head.

  • Make the teeth from white paper and stick them just above the beard. Cut out two eye shapes also from the white paper and glue them on together with further shapes, as in the picture, to decorate the dragon’s head. Add sequins for eyes and nostrils.

  • Glue the ends of the two long strips of red and yellow paper together at right angles.

  • Make a concertina body for the dragon by folding the bottom strip over the top strip and then the top strip over the bottom strip repeatedly. Make sure you glue the ends together well.

  • Glue the dragon’s head to the body.

  • Cut some narrow strips of red and yellow paper for the tail. Curl these carefully between your thumb and some rounded scissors and glue them to the end of the dragon.

And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you will have your own personal Chinese dragon you can wave around at parties or in the park. It will take you little time and resources to make it, so get to work!

Image source: Top Marks

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The Chinese Dragon Dance

Filed under: Chinese Culture and Traditions,Chinese Dragon - 19 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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The dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance characteristic to the Chinese culture, being mostly seen in festive celebrations. Many Chinese people use the term “Descendants of the Dragon” as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend that originated in the 1970s. Another derivation is from the descendants of Shennong, the legendary first king of the Chinese people, who taught them the foundations of civilization, agriculture, law and medicine.


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The dance is performed in teams who mimic the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating way. The skilled team must bring the motionless body to life. Traditionally, the movements in a performance represent historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The dragon dance is a highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in particular, which are held worldwide in Chinatowns around the globe.

In the Chinese culture, dragons are thought to bring good luck and prosperity to people, which is reflected in their qualities. These include great power, fertility, wisdom, dignity, and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both bold and frightening, but it has a benevolent disposition. Therefore, the dragon eventually became a symbol to represent imperial authority.

In the performances, the dragon itself is a long serpent shaped body on poles, assembled by joining the series of hoops on each section and attaching the ornamental head and tall pieces at the ends. Traditionally, dragons were constructed of wood, with bamboo hoops on the inside and covered with a rich fabric. In the modern era, though the wood and heavy metal have been replaced by lighter materials such as aluminum and plastics.


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The Chinese Dragon Parade, which concludes every Chinese New Year Parade, is customarily performed along with Lion Dancers, acrobats, kung fu masters, drums, and horns, all ending in a burst of firecrackers. It is quite a show!

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The Fascination with the Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 17 Dec 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese dragon is one of the most popular and powerful symbols not just in China, but the entire world. It was consecrated in the earliest religion of the Chinese people as an emblem of guardianship and vigilance. Back in antiquity, the Chinese dragon was considered to be a most sacred animal and was also the imperial emblem of Chinese emperors.

Even though Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology, art and folklore, their popularity has spread throughout the entire world. The people’s fascination with the Chinese dragon has inspired legends, myths, movies and novels. This symbol also led to the customization of a large variety of objects that people use on a daily basis.

By browsing the site dinodirect.com, you will come across numerous items that bear the Chinese dragon symbol. This is the best proof of the people’s fascination with it. When searching for the term “Chinese dragon”, a wide array of results will come up. It all depends on what you are interested in, but you will surely find many customized items.

These include cigarette lighters of all shapes and sizes, which make perfect gifts. If you know someone who is passionate about the Chinese mythology and its dragons, then you will surely impress them by giving them such an inspired present.

The Chinese dragon is also present in the clothing industry. On dinodirect.com, not only will you find jackets, pajamas, slippers, and suits, but also fabrics patterned with the dragon, such as silk and brocade. These will help you create your own designs. You will even find suits for your dog!

Children are not forgotten, either. Everyone knows that kids are particularly amazed by dragons and other legendary creatures of the kind. If you are planning a party for your kid, do not forget about the holiday party Chinese dragon flannel cosplay hat on dinodirect.com.

Moreover, there are many customized items that would make awesome presents. Here are some examples:

- teapots
- pocket watches
- figurines
- phone covers and cases
- car stickers and decorations
- temporary tattoos
- pendants
- USB flash memory drive sticks
- jewelry boxes

…and the list can go own. So, if you are one of the many people fascinated with the Chinese dragon, do not hesitate in checking out dinodirect.com. You will be impressed with the variety of items customized with the Chinese dragon on this site!

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Dragons- A Symbol For China

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 06 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Dragons occupy a very important position in Chinese mythology. The Chinese dragon shows up in literature, poetry, songs, but also in architecture and in many other aspects of the Chinese conscience.

Related to architecture, dragons were an important emblem for Imperial China and were used on Imperial architecture, mainly on the Imperial Palaces. The Chinese dragon could be found almost anywhere: on the beams and pillars, but also on the roofs.


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 Dragons were totems of Chinese people and they represented emperors and their wives. They were a symbol for a high social status, treasures, authority, emperor and empress.

People believed that seeing the dragon was like seeing the emperor and the empress. Even the daily clothing and articles of emperors and their consorts were decorated with dragons. Actually, almost all the things related to the emperor or his empress were preceded by the word “dragon” such as: “dragon robe” for the emperor’s ceremonial dress, “dragon seat” for the throne and so on.


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The throne hall was supported by columns decorated with gold dragons and the screen walls displayed them in vivid and brilliant colours. In addition, the central ramps were paved with slabs carved in relief with dragons.

 


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Under the Qing Dynasty, the flag of China featured a huge dragon. The earliest stamps put out by this country were named “dragon-heads” as their design featured a dragon.

Today, dragons are still a symbol for China and they are used for many Chinese abroad exhibitions or on the cover designs of books on China printed by foreign publishers.


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Drawing of this imaginary animal can be traced to primitive society and prehistoric tribes when it was adapted as a totem and a god.There are also many legends that describe the dragon as a miraculous animal with long beards and fish scales. Later, it acquired the mane of the horse, the claws of the eagle and the antlers of the deer, which are the distinctive features of other important creatures.

The Chinese dragon served also as a metaphor in art and literature for honest people and of rare talent, but also for happy marriage and matrimonial harmony. Even today, after such a long time, dragon boats, dragon lanterns are still very popular on various Chinese festivals.

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The Symbols Of The Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 05 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese Dragon is one of the most important symbols in China, its legend being popular for many years. A dragon is a mythical creature in Chinese folklore and mythology, being portrayed as a long and serpentine creature with four legs. Chinese even proclaim themselves the descendants of the dragon. Even if such mythical creatures look awkward, in China they bring prosperity, good fortune and abundance, so they have a positive influence and meaning. The legend of the dragon shaped the Chinese culture until today and it takes us back to the ancient Chinese civilisation. In comparison with Western dragons, most Eastern dragons are friendly, nice and also wise, so the cultural clash in this case is huge. This dragon symbolises valiancy, boldness excellence, as well as nobility, divinity, heroism, assiduity and is perceived as being energetic, ambitious, intelligent, as well as decisive and ambitious. Briefly, dragons are also called the angels of the Orient as they symbolise so many positive things.

They are worshipped and many temples and shrines have been built in their honour. Additionally, these mythical creatures have the power to control rivers, the rain, lakes and seas and even today, there are many Chinese cities where people burn incense and pray to dragons. The meaning of them is so important that there are places where people can stop and pray to dragons to help them solve their problems. In China, people believe that emperors had dragon ancestors, so this is why these leaders were decorated with dragons and were also described in terms of the dragons, calling an emperor dragon-face, being a wonderful compliment, so everything that is connected with dragons has a positive meaning.

The Chinese Dragon is also the symbol of Mother Nature, which is the most important divine force on Earth. In addition, the Chinese Dragon means vigilance, divine protection and is seen as the Supreme Being across all creatures as is able to live in the seas, in the form of mountains, it can also fly up to the heavens and it also protects people against evil spirits. The Year of the Dragon is also a lucky one and an important event, astrologers claiming that those who were born during Dragon Year will be lucky, healthy, wealthy and will live a long life.

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Chinese Dragon Worship

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 11 May 2012  | Spread the word !

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Although not many people seem to be aware of this fact, the Chinese dragon has always been worshiped in China. In fact, in this Asian country, the Chinese dragon is considered to be a mythical creature symbolizing power, control, but also strength and good luck. Nowadays, various objects containing the Chinese dragon can be found in sale. People buy them with the belief the the Chinese dragon will bring them good luck and fortune. Even the Emperor of China used the symbol of the dragon, to show his great powers, so there is no wonder that it has actually become a national symbol of this great country.

Even though the origin of the Chinese dragon is still not certain, the symbol has always been part of the culture and history of this country. “Dragon bones” are believed to have been used in medicine by Chinese people. Dragon amulets, for instance, were considered to be able to protect the ones wearing them. The mythical animal is painted nowadays with a horse head and a snake’s tail, being associated with power. However, the main characteristics of the authentic dragon are always maintained when it comes to the reproductions of this impressive animal. Of course, an authentic dragon will always have the ability to move waters. Its power is the main reason why the Chinese dragon has always been an object of worship all around the Asian country.

The Chinese dragon has actually played an important role when it comes to the development of the Chinese culture. The dragon occupies the most important role in mythology and this sacred and mythical animal is present in arts, literature, but also poetry and architecture, as well as in many songs. A symbol of power and mystery, the Chinese dragon has been worshiped for years in China. Intelligence and good will best describe the Chinese dragon in Asian culture, aspect which is almost the opposite of the belief in Western countries where the dragon is considered to be evil. Still, an important fact that should be mentioned in this context is that in the Chinese culture there are numerous type of dragons, associated to various beliefs.

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Things to Know About the Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 10 Apr 2012  | Spread the word !

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When I think of China, the first image that comes to my mind mind and that I associate with this exotic country is the Chinese dragon. The Chinese dragon is a mythical creature in Chinese mythology that symbolises potent and auspicious powers, such as particularity control over the element of water: rainfall, hurricanes and floods. The Chinese dragon is also a symbol of power, strength and good luck. Most of the time, the Chinese dragon was also used as a symbol of the imperial power.

It is very interesting how the Chinese dragon is referred to, even today. For instance, in Chinese, there are many idioms and expressions that compare people with the Chinese dragon. Those people who are outstanding, have good qualities and are brave, are compared to the dragon, whilst incapable people with no achievements are compared to worms.

When we say dragon, we think of the mythical creature that breathes fire, flies and destroys everything around. The Chinese dragon is very different in this respective. People used to depict the Chinese dragon with the head of a horse and the tail of a snake. Actually, the Chinese dragon is made up of several animals: his horns resemble that of a stag, the head of a camel, the eyes of a demon, the neck of a snake, the belly of an eagle, the scales of a carp, the claws of an eagle, the soles of a tiger and the ears of a cow. Many representations of the Chinese dragon show a flaming pearl under the chin, that is associated with wealth, good luck and prosperity.

The Chinese dragon is considered to represent one of the four elements, water. They are believed to be rulers of moving bodies of water and show themselves as water spouts, under the form of a tornado or a twister. There are actually four major Dragon Kings in Chinese mythology, representing the four seas: the East Sea corresponding to the East China Sea, the South Sea corresponding to the South China Sea, the West Sea sometimes seen as the Indian Ocean and the North Sea seen as Lake Baikal. In many areas, the Chinese dragon is still worshipped, though not like in the past. However, it is still deeply rooted in Chinese cultural traditions, such as Chinese New Year celebrations.

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The Chinese Dragon Symbolism

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 15 Mar 2012  | Spread the word !

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The legend of the Chinese Dragon goes back to the earliest days of the Chinese religion. Since then, the Chinese Dragon has been considered one of the most important symbols in the Chinese culture, as it means power, luck, and wisdom. Being compared to a Chinese Dragon is one of the biggest compliments a Chinese man can receive, since this mighty creature is worshiped dearly. Unlike other European dragons, which are depicted in a negative way, the Chinese Dragon is seen as kind and benevolent, a true protector of the human kind. The Chinese Dragon is so deified, that even temples and shrines have been built in its honor.

In everyday life, all Chinese persons aspire to be like the Chinese Dragon. This is why the Chinese people love to see themselves as descendants of the dragon. The love and respect they have for the Chinese Dragon is unbelievable, so defiling a depiction of a dragon is very unseemly. Numerous legends, myths and proverbs have been born due to the Chinese Dragon. In some of them, the Chinese Dragon is the controller of rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. In other legends, the Chinese Dragon is the one to wander evil spirits in order to protect the innocent and provide safety for the people. In the Chinese language, the Chinese Dragon is also known as ”long” or ”lung”. Even though the Chinese Dragon flies in the sky among clouds, most pictures depict it playing with a flaming pearl, which is said that it gives it power and the ability to ascend into heaven.

The Chinese Dragon comes in several types, as well: Tianlong, Shenlong, Fucanlong, Dilong, Yinglong (which is the oldest Chinese Dragon and the only one to gave wings), Quilong, Panlong, Huanglong, and Long Wang. Each Chinese Dragon has its own characteristics and special powers, but all of them are equally beloved, honored and worshiped. The Chinese people are so fond of the Chinese Dragon, that every year on New Year’s Day they initiate the famous Dragon Parade, which lasts for 16 days and ends with a Chinese Dragon dance. The Chinese surely love their dragons.

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