It was always going to be difficult for Sun Loong to sleep through thousands of screaming fans.
The world’s longest imperial dragon and the star of the Easter Festival celebrations was given a colourful wake-up call to mark the Bendigo Chinese Association’s key role in the Easter Festival.
A string of 100,000 crackers capped off the ceremony full of lion dancers and martial artists that eventually helped stir the sleeping dragon.
Bendigo Chinese Association secretary Tan See Tuang said there was an enormous build-up to the traditional awakening ceremony.
“It has a very unique history,” he said.
“Bendigo is really known for this Chinese culture and it’s something that is really important. I think sometimes we don’t realise how strong the reputation is outside Bendigo but it’s always a special occasion to celebrate at Easter.”
The ceremonial “awakening” took months of preparation, with teams from across the country in regular training to get their dances and performances ready for Saturday’s event.
Bendigo’s Lion Dancing Team thrilled the crowd with a flawless display of jumps and acrobatic landings on narrow ledges.
Team member Clinton Miller said the rush of adrenaline from performing never faded.
“You go through the choreography in your head and get through the dangerous stuff, and it’s just a rush when you get it right,” he said.
“There’s more of a build-up when you’ve got a big crowd and it makes you want to perform.”
Wei Tong has been part of the lion team for eight years and said it was something he always enjoyed.
“It’s got the biggest build-up and it’s definitely the biggest event for the year for us,” he said.
The dance of the lions is an annual tradition designed to tease Sun Loong into a state of awakening.
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