A video by Eliot, Dominic, Declan and Jacob from Girton Grammar School, Bendigo
Golden Dragon Museum; Yi Yuan Gardens & Kuan Yin Temple and Girton Grammar School.
This short film by year 5 & 6 students Elliot, Dominic, Declan and Jacob from Girton Grammar School, describes the Chinese Festival in Bendigo, using items from the Golden Dragon Museum collection.
NARRATOR 1: The first Chinese festival was in the early 1870's. This is a photo of what it would've looked like.
NARRATOR 2: This is a beautiful banner for phoenix's. The phoenix's represents the fame owl, or the queen.
NARRATOR 3: The Chinese dragon, the head of a camel, the horns of a deer, eyes of a rabbit, ears of a cow, neck of a snake, belly of a frog, scales of a carp, claws of an eagle, and the palm of a tiger.
NARRATOR 1: These mythical creatures, the chilin, are the pets and companions for gods and immortals. They are said to punish sinners and protect the virtuous. Having them on this jacket is a reflection of these traits.
NARRATOR 2: These are some shoes that Chinese women wore to special festivals. They broke their toes and then strapped it to the foot to make sure they could fit in. They thought they would look beautiful if they looked small.
- --by Europeans to bring people to Bendigo and to show them how fantastic the city is. This was due to after the gold rush, the population declining and the people in Bendigo wanting to bring people back to Bendigo and hopefully turn it back into the bustling town that it was during the gold rush. The Easter festival first started in 1869, but it wasn't until 1971 when it was formally a committee that was organizing it every year.
-What's so important about the dragon's teaser.
-So the dragons love treasure. And these are a treasure that they follow. So the tradition is that a man stands in front of a dragon with one of these, enticing them to move forward and follow the treasure. And that's how a dragon is made to dance, and that's why they're called teasers. It's teasing the dragon.
CHILDREN (EXCLAIMING): Yay!