The Chinese New Year is synonymous with family gatherings and thanksgiving. But for a few hundred young lion dance troupe members across the country, the event is a time of camaraderie, tradition, and toil.
This year, however, their drums will be muted and their costumes shelved as the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order (MCO) restrictions have barred them from performing.
Several performers who spoke to Malaysiakini said they had practiced for years and undergone hardship - including injury - in order to share their love for this art and make a bit of income.
For Chang Keat Seng, 17, this Chinese New Year is...