Dragon, Lion, and Indian Dances Malaysia / Penang / Travel

While in Penang, Malaysia, we enjoyed a few cultural celebrations, including a New Year’s Eve presentation in Georgetown featuring music, dance, and martial arts from the Malay, Chinese, and Indian populations living in Malaysia. We also went to the Lion & Dragon Dance Parade a few weeks earlier, and a small Christmas concert our kids performed in.

I’m amazed at the energy level and talent of the dancers at these performances, the intricate and unique music, and the bright colors these individuals bring to the stage. I’ve put together a video of some of the music and dances we’ve seen in Penang recently. I’ve also included some pictures below of these events along with a few other photos I took at the Penang butterfly garden (excellent), toy museum (so-so), Fort Cornwallis (interesting), and other outings with friends.

If you haven’t been following us on Twitter or Facebook, we’re now in Kuala Lumpur and loving it here! Chinese New Year is approaching, and red lanterns and Chinese displays are everywhere. We’ve even seen some additional dance performances in the malls as we’ve been walking around, like beautiful fan dances. We love living in such a culturally diverse and interesting country.

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. Wow! The colors are so beautiful and all the glitz and bling. I love it! I especially love all the sarees. It all looks so rich, neat and orderly. Have a wonderful time in KL.

  2. I have a testimony of video cameras.

    This is a rainbow of colors and sounds – what a wonderful way to bring in the new year. I, too, love all those saris and colorful Indian fabrics…. I could spend hours just walking through the fabric district running my fingers through the colorful and metallic silks…

    Were fireworks a big deal there for New Years? Or do they save all that for Chinese New Year? Do you have any plans for where you’ll go / do for that?


  3. Gosh they are some spectular photos! We have seen a New Years Eve chinese event while we were in Bundaberg but nothing like that – gorgeous!


  4. Jennifer Pearce Says: January 9, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I could watch those Indian dances with their energy and clothing and music all day long. :) So beautiful and upbeat. I’m so glad we were able to see those performances, thanks to our friends Shawn and Alison for inviting us. I love all the new friends we were able to meet in Penang and the fun times we had together. I hope we can get together again sometime in the future.

  5. Awesome! I loved seeing your girls singing with the locals. How cute is that? Beautiful video and photos. Made my holidays seem kind of lame. We stayed home and ate on Christmas and were in bed by 9:00 on new years eve. Oh yeah it was a little lame.

  6. These pictures are stunning. I love all of the colors and lights… such amazing celebrations! And those dresses are beautiful. Thanks for posting pictures of everything! I love it all.

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