Lion troupes roar but big drop in year-end dinners

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  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2003

WHILE lion dance performers are making a roaring start to the Year of the Goat, restaurant operators bemoan a business slowdown as the Year of the Horse comes to an end. 

China Press reported that lion dance troupes nationwide were heavily booked for performances during the Chinese New Year festival, while Nanyang Siang Pau stated that most Chinese restaurants reported a drastic drop in bookings for year-end dinners. 

Selangor Federation of Lion Dance Associations president Leong Lik Thong described the Year of the Goat as “fantastic” for lion dance troupes as they were heavily booked for performances during the festival, according to China Press

“The gradual economic recovery beginning from the Year of the Horse and better business outlook expected in the Year of the Goat could be one of the reasons people want greater fun in celebrating the Chinese New Year,” he said. 

The lion dance business was so good this year that some troupes had bookings to give four performances a day, Leong said. 


Fees charged by the lion troupes range from RM100 to RM5,000 per show, depending on the type of performance required by the customers. 

On the other hand, Chinese restaurant operators complained that business was “extremely slow.”  


In an interview with Nanyang, Lum Tuck Loy, president of the Federation of Koo Soo Associations Malaysia, which represents the country’s Chinese restaurant operators, said he was “greatly surprised” by the few bookings for year-end dinners received by members of the federation. 


However, Lum said the consolation for them was that they had received some bookings for the reunion dinner, which he said was not a common practice in the past.  

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