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The lion start to become alive during the (Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

The lion start to become alive during the ceremony to bless the new heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. Leland Chan, 16, is in the head and April Leong, 17, in the tail of the white lion on left and Chris Bartoldus, 14, and Annie Vogel, 13, is in tail of the yellow lion. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Chinese New Year on Long Island

Preparations for Chinese New Year on Long Island.

Randy Yung, the lion master, demonstrates some moves
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Randy Yung, the lion master, demonstrates some moves and emotions that the students can do with the lion head and body in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. Reacting is Alison Bartoldus. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Leland Chan, 16, lifts April Leong,16, as Lion
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Leland Chan, 16, lifts April Leong,16, as Lion Dance troupe practice in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

The Lion dance troupe members warming up before
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The Lion dance troupe members warming up before they start dancing with the lion heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

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The new drum is in foreground as members
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The new drum is in foreground as members of the Lion dance troupe led by Randy Yung, lion master, on right, practice in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island located in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Left to right: Olivia Fong, 6, Lieren Dart,
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Left to right: Olivia Fong, 6, Lieren Dart, 14, Chris Bartoldus, 14, and April Leong, 17, members of the Lion dance troupe practice in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Randy Yung, lion master, directs Lion dance troupe
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Randy Yung, lion master, directs Lion dance troupe members Leland Chan, 16, holding the tail and Brendan Chan, 16, in the head as they practice in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Looking from inside a lion head as Leland
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Looking from inside a lion head as Leland Chan, 16, a member of the Lion dance troupe practices in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

The lion start to become alive during the
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

The lion start to become alive during the ceremony to bless the new heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. Leland Chan, 16, is in the head and April Leong, 17, in the tail of the white lion on left and Chris Bartoldus, 14, and Annie Vogel, 13, is in tail of the yellow lion. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Lieren Dart, 14, holds the tail as Leland
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Lieren Dart, 14, holds the tail as Leland Chan 16, wears the head as the Lion dance troupe practice in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Left to right: April Leong, 17, is held
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Left to right: April Leong, 17, is held up by Leland Chan, 16, and Chris Bartoldus, 14, is held by Matt Yun, 15, as the Lion dance troupe members practice in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Dec. 18, 2011)

Leland Chan, 16, in the head and Brendan
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Leland Chan, 16, in the head and Brendan Chan, 16, in the rear, try out one of the new lions after the ceremony to bless the new heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Children get to touch the new lions after
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Children get to touch the new lions after the ceremony to bless the new heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

The lion start to become alive during the
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

The lion start to become alive during the ceremony to bless the new heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. Leland Chan, 16, is in the head and April Leong, 17, in the tail of the white lion on left and Chris Bartoldus, 14, and Annie Vogel, 13, is in tail of the yellow lion. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Left to right: Richard Kam who was the
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Left to right: Richard Kam who was the lion master 12 years ago and Randy Yung the current lion master, place ribbon and peacock feathers on the horns of the new lion heads during the ceremony to bless the new heads in a studio room at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Chidlren watch as Randy Yung, lion master, and
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Chidlren watch as Randy Yung, lion master, and Richard Kam who was the lion master 12 years ago, paint dots on the eyes, ears, mouth, and along the back of the new lion in the blessing of the two new lions at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Older lion heads are placed in the studio
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Older lion heads are placed in the studio at the blessing of the two new lions at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Randy Yung, lion master, holds up one of
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Randy Yung, lion master, holds up one of the peacock feathers which will be used in the blessing of the two new lions at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Close up of the paint and the peacock
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Close up of the paint and the peacock feathers which will be used in the blessing of the two new lions at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Close up of Chinese lettering on the back
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Close up of Chinese lettering on the back of an older lion head which will be painted on the new lion heads at a later date at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. The characters spell out the name of the center. (Jan. 8, 2012)

Alison Bartoldus, 16, peeks out the back of
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Alison Bartoldus, 16, peeks out the back of the body as she tries out one of the new lions before the blessing at the Chinese Center on Long Island in West Hempstead. (Jan. 8, 2012)

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