28th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) The renowned Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, which was suspended for the past three years due to the pandemic, is set to make a triumphant comeback starting today. This traditional event will take place over three consecutive nights. The festivities will kick off tonight at 8.15pm, as the magnificent fire dragon embarks on its journey through the streets of Tai Hang.
To begin the ceremony, the fire dragon will first pay a visit to the Tai Hang Lotus Pavilion for blessings and consecration. Longevity incense sticks will be inserted into the dragon, and then the procession will proceed clockwise through the Tai Hang district, passing through notable locations such as Wun Sha Street and Tung Lo Wan Road in Causeway Bay.
The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, a captivating spectacle, has a history that dates back over a century. Legend has it that in the 19th century, the residents of Tai Hang successfully halted a devastating plague by performing this vibrant dance ritual. Today, it has been officially recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage of China.
The event is organised by the Tai Hang Residents’ Welfare Association and will be held from 8.15pm to 10.30pm on 28th and 29th September, while on 30th September, it will conclude at 10pm. Spectators are welcome to witness the mesmerising performance free of charge. For the best viewing experience, Wun Sha Street is recommended as the prime vantage point.
In addition to the traditional venue in Tai Hang, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has announced that the fire dragon will extend its performances to Victoria Park’s Football Pitches 5 and 6 on the night of 29th September, starting at 10.30pm. The event will incorporate a flower adornment ceremony, adding further enchantment to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.