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Dragon Dance, The dragons are associated with storm clouds and live giving rain. The wise animal has special and great powers and dignity, symbolising fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness and imperial authority. The dragon can fly in the air, swim in the sea and walk on land. Furthermore, the dragon is the source of the elements - water, wind, earth and fire - and the custodian of the seasons, thus symbolising life and prosperity. Dancing dragons can vary in size and length, starting from a few meters up to around 100 m length. Dragons bring luck to people. The longer the creature is, the more luck it will bring. Especially if one is touched by a dragon, and even better if touched by a Golden Dragon, good fortune and prosperity will be coming up in the year to come. Street scene, Silom Road, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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