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SM malls celebrate Chinese New Year with culture-rich Lion and Dragon Dance

Lion and Dragon dancers at SM City Pampanga started the performance at the front of the mall to signal the start of the traditional celebration.

This 2023, shoppers say goodbye to the roaring tiger and usher in the spirited rabbit as SM celebrates Chinese New Year with traditional Lion and Dragon Dance at SM malls in Pampanga, Clark, Tarlac, Olongapo and Cabanatuan.

At the Event Centre 3 of SM City Clark, children were awestruck by the Dragon dance.

The lion and dragon dance performers go around the mall to get all the lucky hanging hong baos. The movements in dragon dance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity, while the lion dance is performed to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year.

In SM City Olongapo, performers of Lion and Dragon dance go around the mall as it is believed to bring good luck.

The said lion and dragon dance is the highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held at SM Supermalls nationwide as well as worldwide in Chinatowns.

The Lion and Dragon dance was culminated with a pose at the Mall Atrium of SM City Tarlac.

While the Year of the Tiger was seen as a powerful period of action, and, at times, impulse, the rabbit sign is expected to usher in a softer period focused on self-reflection – the power of empathy, intellect and cautiousness.

Caught in action, the Dragon Dance demonstrates power and strength in SM City Cabanatuan.