Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2006

Fire Dragon Dance HK (hkdigit-20061005-203155)

Coinciding with Mid-Autumn Festival is the unique Fire Dragon Dance – a spectacular ritual guaranteed to be one of the most extraordinary events you will ever witness. The 67-metre-long dragon is studded with thousands of burning joss sticks that at night produce an incredible spectacle of fire, smoke and dynamic fury as the dragon wends and dances through the backstreets of Tai Hang. This year the dance has been extended along Tung Lo Wan Road to create more viewing space. With traditional flag dances and local participants banging drums and cymbals and juggling joss sticks alongside the dragon, it’s a visually and aurally stunning experience!

Fire Dragon Dance (hkdigit-20061005-213901

The three-day event commemorates a series of mishaps that befell Tai Hang in 1880 culminating in a plague breaking out in the village. Appearing in the dream of a village elder, Buddha instructed the villagers to light firecrackers and perform a fire dragon dance for three days and nights during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Sulphur from the firecrackers dispelled the plague and the ritual has been repeated annually ever since.

Fire Dragon Dance Hong Kong (hkdigit-20061005-205201)

Event: Fire Dragon Dance at Tai Hang (大坑舞火龍)
Place: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Stock Photo ID : hkdigit-20061005-203155 , hkdigit-20061005-213901, hkdigit-20061005-205201

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Comments

  1. Kenny Law says:

    好!!!

  2. Seems to be fun!
    I`ve self take part in a Dragon Dance in Hong Kong.
    Man got strength

  3. Indeed!
    great blog and pictures!
    People won’t believe us when we talk about this hong kong experience.
    I use to sketch a little about those differences between european and hk lifestyle too, you can have a peek here:
    http://my.opera.com/pfelelep/blog

    i’ll be happy to read your comments about it.

    thank you very much for sharing your impressions, your blog is really interesting.

    keep posting!

    regards

    Philippe

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