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Enter the Fire Dragon of Tai Hang (大坑舞火龍)

27 Oct
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Way of the Dragon ….

Tai Hang is an area in Causeway Bay, in Hong Kong Island. The Fire Dragon Dance tradition has its origin in 1880. According to the legend, the villagers once killed a serpent in a stormy night, but in the next morning, the dead body of the serpent had disappeared. A few days later, a plague spread out in Tai Hang and many people died of infection . In his dream, a village elder was told by Buddha to perform a Fire Dragon Dance and to burn fire crackers during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The “Fire Dragon” was built from straw and covered with joss sticks which were lit at night. The Fire Dragon then paraded through the streets of Tai Hang for three days and three nights. The sulphur in the fire crackers drove away the disease and the plague was gone.

This year, Tai Hang celebrates the 133th anniversary of the Fire Dragon Dance tradition. On the Eve of the Mid Autumn Festival, the 32-segment, 220 feet long Fire Dragon paraded through the streets of Tai Hang, with over 300 performers, 70,000 incense sticks, and lots of firecrackers, as it did over a century ago …..

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Celebrating 133th Anniversary of The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Tradition

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The Fire Dragon is Alive!!

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Drum it up!!

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Here comes the Dragon!

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Dragon in Motion

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1 Comment

Posted by on October 27, 2012 in ASIA, China, Hong Kong

 

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One response to “Enter the Fire Dragon of Tai Hang (大坑舞火龍)

  1. itsbesudesu

    October 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Beautiful shots!! Such a great tradition.

     

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