The Hong De Lion Dance Association initiated our new 'Wedding Lions' at the wedding of one of our Committee members last Saturday. The new lions were dotted in the morning by the wedding couple with the traditional 'lion dotting poem' being read out by the father of the groom. Later that night, at Gold Leaf restaurant in Burwood, the lion dance was peformed by members of Hong De and Khuan Yee for over 250 guests. We would all like to wish Vincent and Emily, 'Congratulations and every best wishes for their future lives together!'
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At the groom's parents' house
When Vincent brought Emily to his parents' house, the bridal car was greeted by two lions. After opening the car doors for the wedding couple, they were led to the house. Our two new wedding lions were then initiated by the wedding couple, before they woke up to perform a traditional 'four gate blessing'. After a blessing of the couple, the new lions then led the couple to the front door of the house. Afterwards, a tea ceremony took place.
At the Reception
At night, the two new wedding lions performed for over 250 guests at the Gold Leaf restaurant in Burwood. Hong De performers were joined by two Khuan Yee members (from Brisbane) to perform for the wedding couple and their guests. The lions formed a guard of honour for the bridal couple. The wedding cheng consisted of a pineapple (prosperity), pomegranate (fertility), walnuts (fertility, togetherness), red beans (good luck), pistacchio nuts (happiness), peanuts (fertility) , pine leaves (knowledge), Oriental lillies (hundred years together), roses (romance), oranges (wealth) and a 'double happiness' sign. This was presented to the couple at the end of the performance. Two wedding scrolls were also presented by the lions - 'One heart together' and 'Forever until our hair is white' (traditional Chinese wedding sayings).