Yantian fish-lantern dance stuns

From: Shenzhen Daily | Updated: 2019-03-05

The State-level intangible cultural legacy fish-lantern dance of Yantian District made a stunning appearance at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center on Saturday as the new season of the Chinese Super League (CSL) kicked off, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

The opening ceremony not only presented a splendid performance that embodied Shenzhen’s cutting-edge high technologies, but also displayed a local intangible cultural heritage — fish-lantern dance.

There were a total of 16 fish lanterns in the performance, representing the 16 years of the CSL and 16 teams in the league.

The agile movements of the fish lanterns showcased a sense of solidarity with soccer. Meanwhile, allusions such as “the carp leaping over the Dragon’s gate,” which symbolizes success, implied hope for Chinese soccer.

The fish-lantern dance originated in Shatoujiao of Yantian District during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (around the 16th and 17th centuries) and enjoys a history of more than 300 years. It is a folk dance that imitates the habits of fish and was created by the ancestors of the Wu clan in Shalanxia Village, Shatoujiao.  

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