The Chorale was positioned up in one of the galleries and our role was to perform the national anthem. It went really well and most of the other people joined in. There was no music of course.
After the introductions, the anthem, and a blessing by the Christian Church we were also blessed by the Lion Dance. A troupe of entertainers from the Chung Wah Society brought their drums and, cymbals. There were three lions, two golden and one purple. Each lion had two dancers and they went around the chamber so that the members could feed them the special red envelopes for prosperity. Then the largest lion climbed up and ate the green lettuce, officially blessing the Chamber and ensuring good fortune and wise decisions. We were allowed to take photos, a very unusual thing as cameras and that type of recording equipment are not actually permitted during business.
|Two gold and one purple. Musicians. Dignitaries in robes.|