Minnie and Mickey usher in Year of the Rat

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    SM Megamall recently welcomed the Year of the Rat with cultural performances and meet-and-greet experiences with Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at the Mega Fashion Hall.

    Chinese culture is filled with celebrations and holidays, and among them, the Lunar New Year, is the biggest and most important one. The festivities at the mall began with the traditional Dragon and Lion Dances. The Dragon Dance signifies power, wisdom, and wealth; while the Lion Dance symbolizes luck, and fighting evil spirits.

    Mallgoers also had the rare opportunity to watch a performance of the almost magical Bian Lian or face-changing mask dance. Bian Lian is a traditional Chinese act performed by a solo dancer wearing brightly colored costumes and beautifully-painted masks. The performer changes from one face to another with a wave of the hand, a movement of the head, a peek under the coat, or a hand gesture from an audience.

    Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in Cheongsam or Chinese traditional outfits also joined the celebration with a series of Meet-and-Greet sessions beside a centerpiece with large mouse ears and red and gold lanterns and scrolls.

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