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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 4:08 am    Post subject: Wedding Routine Reply with quote

We are doing a wedding show in a month or so and were wondering if there were any routine tailored especially for weddings. Is there any protocol that we should follow (e.g. bow to the groom, get money from the father, etc.)? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 4:13 am    Post subject: wedding performance Reply with quote

Your lion can present traditional auspicious items to the bride and groom. These include fuh juhk, faht choi, and luhng ngaan.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if i were the bride and groom, id want something worth paying for and also watching for. it is a "BIG CEREMONY" so id suggest performing a 30 minute show demostrating your school's skills and talents.

as for a routine, you'd have to make it up Wink

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A big performace is always good, but before game day, make sure you find out how much time you're alotted for your performance as all weddings are on tight schedules with different things happening (speeches, toasts, games... etc) and are usually running behind.

p.s. don't knock the cake over... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great advice! We are a relatively inexperienced group and this is one of our bigger shows. Corey, the three things you mentioned were exactly what I was looking for. However, I am having a tough time figuring out what they are since I dont speak cantonese. I know l"luhng ngaan" is Long Yan in mandarin and the Dragon Eye fruit. Can you explain what the other two are other are? I have an inkling that "faht choi" is fa cai in madarin and is the hair-looking thing we eat during CNY. as for "fuh juhk" I have no idea. haha. Thanks for the info, everyone.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 7:55 pm    Post subject: wedding lion dance Reply with quote

Dear Nixter,

You’re right about the long yan and fa cai. The fu zhu (long, dried bean curd) symbolizes two things for reasons you probably already know: wealth/affluence and long life.

If you need help picking up these items, please let me know. Be glad to help. Also, if you need reusable wedding scrolls for your lion dance team, I’d love to help you make those as well. If you want to chat more, you can PM me with your email address.

Where are you guys located?
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, don't just take the performance time you feel like taking. as someone said, always best to talk it over with the groom, bride. Although it is a big ceremony, it is a big ceremony for the groom/bride, not for you to show off all your skills and talents. You'll get better word of mouth if you perform within their expectations, rather than performing way longer than what they expected and wanted.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said!
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all I can say is.... Good luck for the performance! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One protocol is never stand or tower the bride and groom this show intimitation. you must show humbleness and respect. be joyous not curious. (example: do not sniff behind the bride and groom)

When approaching you should be either in low stance or wanting there attention.

Do not snap the mouth as if bitting, or circling the couple as a prey instead Prance or procte the couple.

The items mentioned are good gifts to give to the couple.

obtain scrolls with sayings suchs as Happiness, Fortune, Luck.

Escort the couple when they enter the hall or when they are waiting for the lions be excited to see them.

I was taught bow nine times to the couple 3 bows , then another 3bows after getting Laysee bow final 3 bows.

hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: Wedding Routine Reply with quote

Nixter wrote:
We are doing a wedding show in a month or so and were wondering if there were any routine tailored especially for weddings. Is there any protocol that we should follow (e.g. bow to the groom, get money from the father, etc.)? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



Hello Nixter ,

What I would do is get to the wedding half hour early , and have a talk with the bride and groom .
You want to perform the way they want you to perform , not the way you want to perform .
But ofcoarse you can always give them ideas on how to make the performance memorable .

Some people says let the lions do 3 bows at the door way , and escort the bride and groom , to the table wear they ' re sitting .
When they sit , bow 3 times again , as they part take in the offering of the lisee .
When they finish their lisee eating , the lions should dance around the entire crowd of people , and if they have dollar bills $$$$ in their hands , then part take in it .
Some people would wait until the lions come to their table , while some people would rather crowd around the lion to feed it .
From there dance around the door area , where the lions entered , then do 3 bows again and finnish .
Ofcoarse when you ' re around the doorway area , make sure the lions rear is facing the outside area and head is facing the doorway of the reception area .
Usually the assistant sifu would tell the club members too help put the lions in position to prepare for the 3 bows .

Another way is to start off the lion dance at the doorway without escorting the bride and groom to their table .
Anyway just dance and visit the the crowd of people and if they offer you dollar bills , then part take in it .
When you get to the area of the bride and groom ' s table , to the ame as the other way , bow 3 times and part take in the lisee consuption .
In this situation every kung fu club / lion dance club would have their own
way of getting the lisee .
After the lisee is consumed , then the lion continues to walk around the the crowded table continues to get fed , if people is feeding the lion with dollar bills .
Then the lion dances up to the doorway where the lion itself has entered .
bow 3 times again , and that ' s it .

As the lion get fed by the bride and groom with lisee , then the lion will give them a scroll or what corey has mentioned a souveinir for the bride and groom from the kung fu club or school .

Then if you are asked to do a kung fu demo , then better talk to the bride and groom about when you should do the demo .
Then that way you ' re not conflicting on their wedding program .

Wedding or any kind of special occasions , where if the kung fu club is being requeted to do a kung fu demo , then it ' ll be good to prepare for it .


take care ,
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And just do your best performances .
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for future references, makes a set routine. this way the bride and groom may know what your school is capable of. dont have to fuss around with deciding what to do since they are BUSY!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys and gals,

Just thought I'd bring up an old but useful thread about performing at a wedding.

We've got our first one coming up next year and I'm just wondering if there are any other protocols (or Do Nots) to add to this great thread?

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aus_Lion wrote:
Hi guys and gals,

Just thought I'd bring up an old but useful thread about performing at a wedding.

We've got our first one coming up next year and I'm just wondering if there are any other protocols (or Do Nots) to add to this great thread?

Thanks in advance!


Recently, I read from one ‘sifu’ not to use more than 2 lions at a wedding. His explanation was to keep symbols in pairs at weddings. This ‘sifu’ also elaborated red and gold lions are desirable. No blacks, whites, blues, greens or any other color. Bringing a baby lion, according to this ‘sifu’, is a sin. Supposedly, it means the bride is pregnant with child. (Not sure how that's a bad thing when Chinese weddings are endorsing fertilization.)

Again, just sharing a few thoughts from one ‘sifu’. Doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right or wrong. Please use at your discretion and have fun!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

typograaf wrote:


Recently, I read from one ‘sifu’ not to use more than 2 lions at a wedding. His explanation was to keep symbols in pairs at weddings. This ‘sifu’ also elaborated red and gold lions are desirable. No blacks, whites, blues, greens or any other color. Bringing a baby lion, according to this ‘sifu’, is a sin. Supposedly, it means the bride is pregnant with child. (Not sure how that's a bad thing when Chinese weddings are endorsing fertilization.)

Again, just sharing a few thoughts from one ‘sifu’. Doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right or wrong. Please use at your discretion and have fun!


Well I can understand about the pair of lions and the baby thing. Although things are laced with may you be blessed with many sons or 10 thousand children. The key word is may you. like anything else, if you have a child before being married you were viewed as wanton women-this goes for majority of cultures.

However, a point might be made that the southern lion is male and not male and female. So what does that mean when you have a pair? Also, technically there are no baby lions, it is just a tag that was used to label small sized southern lions. After all two males can't have a baby. The northern lion is different, there is a baby lion because there are male and female northern lions. Again, this is just my point of view based on the principles of lion dancing that is generally presented. Just food for thought.

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