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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 the many Dragon Dance The dragon body used forthe dragon dance is placedin a "Dragon King Temple"and is only taken out on theday of the dragon dance. When the dragon body istaken out, it is accompaniedby local people with banners,trumpets, and drums The day of the dragon danceis a very significant andpopular festival. For example, dragon dances are seen onNew Year's Day. A person holding a rod witha big ball at the top leadsthe dragon dance. The balls ismoved in different directions,and the dragon body followsthe ball. The team conducting the dancecan receive banquets up to 5or 6 times, which are called "dragon exchanging wine." After the dance, the dragon'shead and tail are burnt, andthe body is returned to the temple, where it is kept untilthe next year's use. There are two styles of theDragon Dance: The SouthernDragon Dance and the NorthernDragon Dance. The Southern Dragon Danceemphasizes momentum andstrength. The Northern Dragon Danceemphasizes flexibility. It is the more popular of the twostyles. The origin of the dragon dancedates back to the Han Dynasty.It was used in a ceremony forworshiping ancestors and praying for rain. In Chinese culture, a dragon represents prosperity,good luck, and good fortune. The Chinese often think ofthemselves as beingdescendants of the dragon. The dragon costume is usually made of grass, bamboo, paper, and cloth. Most dragons are madewith an odd number of joints.They are made this waybecause it is a Chinesebelief that odd numbers,of the dragon's joints,means that they will have good fortune. The whole dragon is about 30 meters long.To raise this lengthydragon up, people hold rods at every 1.5 to 1.8 meters.
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