Annual Tai Hang 大坑 Fire Dragon Dance Festival
Sacred Spaces will attend yet another Tai Hang Fire Dragon Festival. According to the Tai Hong Dragon Festival Website (http://www.taihangfiredragon.hk):
"When the people of Tai Hang village miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance in the 19th century, they inadvertently launched a tradition that has since become part of China's official intangible cultural heritage.
Tai Hang may no longer be a village, but its locals still recreate the fiery ancient ritual today with a whopping 300 performers, 72,000 incense sticks, and a 67-metre dragon. The head of this beast alone weighs 48kg, so it’s not a creature to be taken lightly! The commemorative performance wends its way in fire, smoke and festive fury through the back streets of Tai Hang over three moon-fuelled days.
大 坑 火 龍一連三天，近300人舞動著長達67公尺、插上逾萬枝線香的火龍飛舞，煞是壯觀！意想不到的是，這項有逾百年歷史的舞火龍習俗，就在銅鑼灣繁華的購物區附近展開！一片鑼鼓聲中，火龍穿梭大坑一帶的大街小巷，頓時煙香繚繞、火光閃爍，充滿生氣！
...and there are some picture from our group last year
...and check out my video from a few year back. You can see how the dragon totally snuck up on me "ninja" style!
Please place yourself in the following categories so I can organize everyone to maximize your fun potential. The number of hours indicates how long you should expect to be in place once we're situated. It will very difficult, if not impossible to move around once the Police lock their cordons in place to let the Dragon roam free. Foresight, in this case, will make all the difference...
• Casual Observer (1-2 hrs)
• Interested (2-3 hrs)
• Shutterbug (3 hrs plus)
I'll organize everyone into groups and lead you all into the area. I'm sure we'll lose track of each other quickly but it's a lot of fun. My main job will be running logistics during the evening making sure everyone's got a place and set up for the best view so you may not see me very much. Don't worry, sit back and enjoy the evening.