2014-09-08 – Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance
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Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance happens only on Mid-Autumn. PokFuLam Village 薄扶林村 dates back to the 17th century and a World Heritage protected site that is often mistaken for a shanty town that I refer to as old Hong Kong. This festival only runs on the night of mid-autumn that is the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese calendar. Those in the new world skyscrapers might look down at them in more than one way they have a sense of community that still attracts people of all walks of life. Comparing Tai Hang and PokFuLam is like comparing night and day. This is very much a community event with all ages inserting the joss sticks to getting up close and carrying the actual dragon. For the kids they also have old world toys such as Seed Pop-gun, Tin Can Lanterns and Paper Fire Crackers. They now have two dragons that are both much smaller in length than Tai Hang but one stays static while the other one does dance through the very narrow paths of the old village as well as the street path to the local temple for blessing.
Mid Autumn Festival = Fire Dragons and Lanterns One of the events that’s on my recommended list of Mid Autumn Festival that also is known under different names such as Moon Festival, Mooncake (edible from traditional with egg inside to new modern twist with ice-cream or chocolate to name a few) Festival, Harvest (originally looked upon as a celebration of that years crops) as well as Lantern Festival.
Tai Hang roots go back to a time when disease ravaged a local district and they called on the dragon to rid the town of it.
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