| James Kon |
LION dances can only be performed from February 19 to 21, 2015 and on three premises, namely, the temple, school halls and the homes of the respective Chinese association members.
The rules were disclosed in a letter regarding lion dances that was circulated in social media. The content of the letter has been confirmed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
On February 19 and February 21, the lion dances can take place from 8am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 5.15pm.
On February 20, which is a Friday, the lion dances can only take place in the afternoon from 2pm to 5.15pm following Friday prayers.
The lion dances must be temporarily halted for 30 minutes before and after Azan Fardhu Asar in respect of prayer times.
The lion dances cannot be accompanied by any firecrackers or fireworks. The members of the lion dance troupe must be Chinese students or Chinese community members.
The lion dances also cannot be performed at hotels, restaurants, commercial premises, roads and public areas.