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Lion dancers to perform at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge

The mask (or head) of a Chinese lion

The mask (or head) of a Chinese lion dancer. (April 28, 2011) (Credit: Ian J. Stark)

When one thinks of the celebrations that surround the arrival of the Chinese New Year, almost all will note the excitement generated by the lion dance.

Performed at many types of traditional Chinese cultural and spiritual celebrations, it involves dancers moving enthusiastically to pounding drums and crashing gongs, all the while within colorful, four-legged costumes (with two people per outfit) that represent lions – with the goal of bringing good energy, strength and fortune to all in attendance.

Sunday, Feb. 10 marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar year 4711 and will be the Year of the Snake. There will most certainly be celebrations held in New York City, but for a bit more of a local and intimate gathering that will also include some well-dressed nightlife, Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon will host three separate sessions of traditional lion dancing within its walls over the New Year weekend.

Known for well-recommended food and a dressy, trendy late-night scene, Monsoon will feature lion dancers on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 p.m., and then two appearances  on Sunday at 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Naturally, the bar will be open and guests can hang out throughout the evenings -- but if a meal is desired, there will be a special $35 three-course price-fixed menu available from 10 p.m. on Saturday until close on Sunday.

For reservations or more information, check out Monsoon online at monsoonny.com.

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge: 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-587-4400

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