Lion dance performed ahead of Lunar New Year in Singapore In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, photo, the lion dance troupe from Malaysia competes in the 11th International Lion Dance Competition in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Lion dance performed ahead of Lunar New Year in Singapore

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Performers from Southeast Asia took part in an international lion dance competition. It was held in Singapore. It came ahead of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar.

The traditional dance includes performers. They are dressed in a lion's costume. They mimick the animal's movements. It is believed to bring good fortune.

The participants at the 11th International Lion Dance Competition came from many countries. The countries included Vietnam. It includes Singapore. It includes Myanmar. It includes Indonesia. It includes Hong Kong. It includes Taiwan. And it includes Malaysia. They were judged according to their skills. They were judged on their grace. And they were judged on their music.

This year's winner was a team from Vietnam.

"Lion dancing is a fading tradition. We are seeing less interest among the younger generation. They are more interested in spending time on their electronic devices indoors," said Joseph Low. He is the head judge. He is a member of the Singapore Wushu Dragon and Lion Dance Federation.

The Lunar New Year begins Feb. 16. This year is the Year of the Dog. 

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