Every year during this time, if you live near a Chinatown or in Hong Kong, you'll hear the familiar sounds found in this video.
I present: Lion Dancing (舞狮 - wushi). Although it seems like fun and games, the first hand account from a veteran of such lion dance shows was quite different. From the gang land roots to the modern day evolution, this is a side that most people never get to see nor hear about it.
Here it is, raw and unedited (source anonymous):
So if you don't know, now you know.
If you want to learn more about the history and traditions of Lion Dancing, check out Wikipedia's entry and also visit www.theLionArts.com
Feel free to leave comments about your own experiences with lion dancing!