Photo: Hong Kong celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival

Across Hong Kong, lanterns lit up the night and families gathered to feast in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Large crowds gathered in Victoria Park last night to view the display of lanterns at the Urban Mid-Autumn Carnival.

Nearby, the streets of the suburb of Tai Hang were packed with revellers hoping to catch a glimpse of the fast moving Tai Hang Fire Dragon.

The Tai Hang Fire dragon, with a 67 metre long tail, takes over 300 performers and 70,000 joss sticks to complete its performance.

The origins of the fire dragon lie in the 19th Century village of Tai Hang, now a suburb of urban back streets in Hong Kong.

The fishing village was hit by a series of  unfortunate events – a typhoon, plague and a python attack on livestock. The villagers, on the advice of a soothsayer, created the fire dragon dance to scare off the bad spirits.

After the first performance during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the village was peaceful.

The tradition continues each year, and in 2009 it was added to China’s national list of intangible cultural heritage.

Markets sell fruit for Mid-Autumn Festival gifts. | Wan Chai Market, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Markets sell fruit for Mid-Autumn Festival gifts. | Wan Chai Market, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Girl with glow sticks. | Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Girl with glow sticks. | Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Wan Chai, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Wan Chai, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
People sit around charcoal fire pit, roasting meats. Location: Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
People sit around charcoal fire pit, roasting meats. Location: Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Fire dragon darts through the streets of Tai Hang | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Fire dragon darts through the streets of Tai Hang | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Victoria Park, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Man roasts a whole baby pig over a spit. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Man roasts a whole baby pig over a spit. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Man hands out joss sticks to the crowd. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Man hands out joss sticks to the crowd. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
The Tai Hang Fire Dragon darts through the streets of suburban Tai Hang. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
The Tai Hang Fire Dragon darts through the streets of suburban Tai Hang. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Young performer waits for her turn. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Young performer waits for her turn. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Women and children watch crowds move through the streets of Tai Hang, chasing the moving fire dragon, from garage. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Women and children watch crowds move through the streets of Tai Hang, chasing the moving fire dragon. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Fire dragon performer hands out joss sticks to crowd. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Fire dragon performer hands out joss sticks to crowd. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
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Fan mans himself while walking through the streets of Tai Hang. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Man with mask poses with beer. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Man with mask poses with beer. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
People gather for food and drinks in the back streets of Tai Hang as the fire dragon dance takes place a street over. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern
People gather for food and drinks in the back streets of Tai Hang as the fire dragon dance takes place a street over. | Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Tai Hang, Hong Kong | September 27, 2015 | Tanya McGovern

 

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