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 …..