NTSDE celebrated Harmony Week with a blessing from the Chung Wah Society Lion Dance Troupe as part of Harmony Week.
The traditional Chinese Lion Dance has a strong and rich history that dates back to the early days of imperial China. It is believed that this tradition was brought to Darwin by the first Chinese settlers to the Northern Territory and has been passed on from generation to generation.
The Lion Dance is believed to scare away evil spirits and brings good luck, joy, fortune, and happiness. It is often performed at the openings of businesses, religious festivals, cultural ceremonies, and special occasions, but mostly can be seen during Chinese New Year celebrations.