Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

Nature: Chinese Festivals, Festivals
Organiser(s): Tai Hang Residents' Welfare Association
Description: Coinciding with Mid-Autumn Festival is the unique Fire Dragon Dance — a spectacular ritual guaranteed that promises 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 in Causeway Bay.

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. In 2011, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance was added to China's third national intangible cultural heritage list.
Date: 14–16 September 2016 (Tai Hang);
15 September 2016 (Victoria Park)
Time: Around 8:15pm to 10:30pm, 14&15 September;
Around 8:15pm to 10pm, 15 September;
*On 15 September, the performance will also be held at Victoria Park at around 10:45pm to 11:30pm
Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay (Best Vantage Point: Wun Sha Street);
Soccer Pitch, Victoria Park (Around 10:45-11:30, 27 September)
Ticket Price: Free Viewing
Website: www.taihangfiredragon.hk
Enquiry: 2577 2649
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