Dragon Dance rehearsal intensifies ahead of Imlek
Bogor. A group of dancers specializing in the traditional dragon dance have stepped up their training sessions ahead of the Chinese New Year or many people here call Imlek.
The group, which calls itself Barongsai Naga Merah Putih, is based in Bogor, a suburb of Jakarta. The practice took place inside an abandoned leather factory on the bank of the Ciliwung River.
They are gearing up for the most anticipated annual cultural tradition for ethnic Chinese Indonesians and residents of Bogor. This is all the more the case since the Covid-19 pandemic put it on hold for almost two years.
There are 50 staff members joining the club from different cultural and religious backgrounds. During the practice, each person should show tolerance towards others. For example, they must stop the practice during the Muslim call to prayer.
January and February are the busiest months for artists. They have to practice every day because there will be a lot of work, usually up to 20 performances in offices or malls in Bogor region only.