The children are practicing basic movements of dragon lantern dance led by Hu Zhanyao (second from right).
81-year-old Hu Daming (first from right) is teaching the children to beat gongs.
Hu Weiguo is enthusing about his handmade dragon lantern.
Many lively little "carps" following dragon's head one by one attracted a lot of villagers in Hu's Ancestral Hall of Taoyuan Village of Meilin Town of Gan County on March 3. 81-year-old Hu Daming is one of the oldest member of Shudetang Dragon Lantern Association. Skillfully beating the drum and looking at the young men who performed the dragon lantern dance with a very pleasant satisfaction, Hu Daming and his companions laughed very happily.
Dragon lantern dance is a traditional custom that came down from their forefathers. Members of Shudetang Dragon Lantern Association perform the dragon lantern dance from village to village in the evening from the third day to the sixteenth day of the first lunar month every year to pray for good weather next year and cement the ties of friendship. Unlike in the past, several children joined the association, forming a team consisting of old, middle-aged and young of more than 30 people. Among them, the youngest child is 8 years old and the oldest senior is 81 years old. "In order to make the traditional art handed down, we have to train the future generations.", said Hu Dagang, president of the association.
(Photo-reportage by Huang Fangming, Reporter Wu Shumei)