The Kim Son Restaurant in The Woodlands recently celebrated it’s one year anniversary. While it might seem a small achievement to most, it is cause for a Dragon Dance. The restaurant site has seen several name plates come and go over the years, all of them obviously not able to survive. This is not to say that Kim Son will or will not be able to survive for another 12 months – but we certainly hope for the best.
We have enjoyed lunch and dinner at Kim Son a few times now, so we were excited to be included in this invitation-only event to celebrate their first birthday. The festivities include several rounds of appetizers including sushi, vegetable rolls, dumpling egg rolls, vegetable egg rolls, crab wontons, spicy tuna on fried wontons, chicken satay, crab rangoons and tofu spring rolls, as well as samples of Cinco Vodka, and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
The Dragon Dance was an incredible display of agility and athleticism on the part of the multitude of dancers, as well as wonderful showmanship. The “dragons” interacted with the guests both outdoors at the party and indoors at their tables. At various points throughout the 20-minute show, there were fire-breathing dragons, spinning and jumping dragons, and even a tug-of-war for a “snake” found beneath a container.
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From Wikipedia: The Dragon Dance (simplified Chinese: 舞龙; traditional Chinese: 舞龍; pinyin: wǔ lóng) is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. Many Chinese people often use the term “Descendants of the Dragon” (龍的傳人 or 龙的传人, lóng de chuán rén) as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend started in the 1970s. Another derivation is from (農的傳人) i.e. the descendants of Shennong, the legendary first king of the Chinese people who taught them agriculture, law and medicine, the foundations of civilization.
The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolise historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world.
Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which is reflected in their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority.
Kim Son The Woodlands closed in September, 2015.