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 ahead of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar.

The traditional dance includes performers dressed in a lion's costume and mimicking 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, Singapore, Myanmar and Indonesia. It also included Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. They were judged according to their skills, grace and music.

This year's winner was a team from Vietnam.

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

This Lunar New Year is the Year of the Dog and it begins Feb. 16.

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