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Lion Dance to ward off demons, A shop, business (or household) being visited by the performers of the Lion Dance will have good luck in the year to come (keep in mind that a visit normally has to be prepaid) and should a family member or the owner of a business stuck his or her head into the lions’s mouth, the year to come will even be more lucky and prosperous. The lions are normally awarded with customary gifts like oranges symbolising wealth or mandarins/ tangerines symbolising luck and red envelopes containing money; street scene, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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