A bench dragon dance performance is staged in Silukoushang village in Longshan town, Yongkang, a county-level city in Jinhua, on Feb 3. It is one of the folk cultural activities held annually in the city in celebration of the Spring Festival. [Photo/IC]
A 1,000-meter-long bench dragon, with more than 400 benches connected end to end, danced among more than 400 villagers in Silukoushang village in Longshan town, Yongkang, a county-level city in Jinhua, on Feb 3.
The traditional event, held every Lantern Festival, attracted thousands of visitors from surrounding towns.
The Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, when a full moon appears in the sky, symbolizes reunion. Traditionally, as the name of the festival implies, people light lanterns, solve lantern riddles, attend temple fairs, look at the bright moon and eat food particular to this time of the year, such as yuanxiao, a glutinous rice ball with sweet fillings.
The bench dragon is made up of over 400 benches with red lanterns. [Photo/IC]
Over 400 people wave benches to make the dragon dance. [Photo/IC]
People hold festive lanterns in the shapes of a rabbit and fish to celebrate the Lantern Festival. [Photo/IC]