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The Mid-Autumn Fire Dragon ChaseMid-Autumn Festival is a festival of lights. In the Tai Hang neighbourhood, a traditional fire dragon dance began in the 19th century, and nowadays continues to occur on the eve, the day of, and the day after Mid-Autumn to chase away bad luck to the area. A dragon is created out of straw with hundreds of burning sticks of incense and is paraded through the streets, led by a strong drum beat. It pauses momentarily from block to block to allow spectators to pluck out some incense, and therefore bringing some of the good fortune home.
Back then, a continuous three-day parade warded off a plague. Now, this firey and smokey experience is celebrated with roaring crowds cheering the dragon as it passes by, often to bless shops and passerbys. It's an experience of community togetherness that's not to be missed.