Macau post issued special Festivity stamps featuring the lion dance performance together with colourful balloon ribbons to celebrate traditional festivals.
The stamp image composition integrates the characteristics of both Chinese and Western celebration, the main image of its design is the lion dance performance for celebration which is full of traditional Chinese culture, together with colourful balloon ribbons.
The colour tone of its background is red and yellow, which associates with cheerful Chinese tradition, along with light pastel purple on the stamp sheetlet.
The stamp issue also incorporates the issue of personalized stamps with the same theme, allowing to keep on passing the memorable moment and happiness through an inch-long stamp during the festive days.
During festival the streets are decorated with lanterns and bows. Family and friends gather together to exchange charming greetings and endless blessings.
The Lion dance
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume.
The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals.
Street celebrations often include a traditional lion dance which is thought to bring good luck.
It is a dance which imitates a lion’s various movements and actions, performed in a lion costume, accompanied by the music of beating drums and gong instruments.
The Lion Dancers
There are usually two dancers who are Kung fu martial artists. One acts as the head and the other the body. They dance to a drum, cymbals and a gong.
The dance is based on traditional Kung fu footwork, kicks, and stances so both participants must have a solid background in Kung fu.
The head of the lion is the most prestigious position and requires strength, stamina, and versatility.
This dancer must carry and balance the lion’s head and control the lion’s facial expressions (eyes, ears, mouth) with his upper body, while performing the cat-like movements (stances, footwork) with his lower body.
Title: Festivity stamps to celebrate traditional festivals
Date of Issue: 9 October 2015
Denominations: 2.00 patacas, 4.50 patacas
Source: Macau Post