TAI HANG FIRE DRAGON, Hong Kong (Part 2 of 2)
The fire dragon dance happened over three consecutive nights in the Tai Hang neighborhood. On the night of the Mid Autumn Festival, and the second night of Tai Hang Fire Dragon celebration, the performance would take place in both Tai Hang and Victoria Park, where the annual lantern festival was held. After the fire dragon performers left Tai Hang for Victoria Park, the residents and local business owners in Tai Hang continued their celebration by taking over the streets in small groups, doing barbecue, having a few rounds of beer, playing with glow sticks and lanterns, and mingling with neighbors and new acquaintances under the flickering candle light.
In the Victoria Park, visitors packed the football fields to attend the lantern festival, taking photos in front of the large lantern displays. At the other side of the park, families, children, couples and friends gathered in small groups on the grass field, having picnic, playing with lanterns, and marveling at this year’s super full moon (tradition of Mid Autumn Festival since ancient times).
After the fire dragon dance was over in Tai Hang, Wun Sha Street, the main street in the neighborhood, was left quiet again.
Community celebrations continued on the laneways after the fire dragon left Tai Hang.
Barbecue was popular for celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival among local businesses in Tai Hang.
In the good old days, playing with candles and paper lanterns on the street was popular among kids.
The street became a secret garden for kids playing with their colourful glow sticks.
Adults and kids had different ways celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.
This ice-cream store offered special mooncake flavour ice-cream.
At the entrance to the Fire Dragon Path was a large sign for celebrating the 136th Tai Hang Fire Dragon Festival. The Fire Dragon Path connects Tai Hang with the Victoria Park.
A full moon rose between clouds over Fire Dragon Path.
The festive Lantern Festival at Victoria Park included large lanterns and a fair selling traditional snacks and local crafts.
When the fire dragon dance entered Victoria Park, the lights dimmed and all eyes were at the dragon performance.
Traditional red lanterns were hung over the football fields of the Victoria Park.
Many large lanterns were on display at the lantern festival, and this one made by traditional craftsman was the centerpiece of the show.
Families and friends gathered on the grass field,
Illuminating a paper lantern is wonderful way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Everyone had their own design for their little moon viewing spot.
Despite the fact that there were thousands of people celebrating together on the green field, there was a sense of tranquility in the dark embraced by the soft light from candles and colourful glow lights.
Across the street from Victoria Park, the traditional signage of Tai Hang’s Fire Dragon Dance Festival reminded everyone that the dance would be held again the following night.