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    Fire Dragons, Lanterns and Cheeky Mooncakes

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     phyang81's favorite part of the Mid-Autumn Fest is the Fire Dragon Dance at Tai Hang (seen in Photo 1). "It is a very atmospheric neighborhood heritage event with over a hundred locals controlling the Fire Dragon accompanied by costumed young girls carrying lit lotus flower lanterns and with the sound of drums and gongs," he says. "It is always well attended by tens of thousands of cheering locals and tourists. The energy, fluidity, smell and smoke from the joss sticks as well as the sight and sound of this event is unparalleled."
    - yvonnezusel, CNN iReport producer

    Hong Kong

    September 21-23, 2010
    by P H Yang Photography (phyang.org)


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    The rain god was not cooperating.

     

    The fullest moon of the year could have been enjoyed during the Mid-autumn Festival which is on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. The festival was on September 22 this year and people usually celebrate also on the day before and after.

     

    Typhoon Fanapi swept through Taiwan with wind gusting as high as 112 miles (180 km) per hour and the hit Hong Kong starting September 20 with torential downpours.

     

    Fortunately, the dark rain-clouds had their silver linings.

     

    Sherri from New York visited the Festival Lanterns display at Victoria Park on September 21, Welcoming the Moon Day. She was pleasantly surprised to find that the very wet grounds had provided nice mirror images of the colorful lanterns.

     

    Although it was drier on the next, Enjoying the Moon Day, the cloudy and hazy sky deterred most from relishing the full moon but not the Lanterns Carnival at Victoria Park which was almost filled to capacity.

     

    Revelers also brought their own lanterns and many worn glow stix as well.

     

    Tens of thousands witnessed the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance when a 67-metre-long dragon was studded with  thousands of burning joss sticks at night dancing through the backstreets of Tai Hang in Causeway Bay.

     

    The three-day (the third is known as Farewell to the Moon Day) event commemorates a series of mishaps that befell Tai  Hang in 1880 culminating in a plague breaking out in this small Hakka  village.

     

    Appearing in the dream of a village elder, Buddha instructed  the villagers to light firecrackers and perform a fire dragon dance for  three days and nights during the Mid-Autumn Festival

     

    The plague ended after the event. Since then, the ritual has been repeated annually and passed down from generation to generation.

     

    This year, the Fire Dragon danced into the Victoria Park Lantern Carnival at 10 pm and was cheered by the revelers there.

     

    At Pokfulam Village in Western District, a record 73-metre long Fire Dragon also danced with its smaller sibling on its 100th anniversary to a crowd of almost ten thousand.

     

    Typical of G.O.D., the well-known retail lifestyle stores, are pushing the  boundaries of modernising the traditional Chinese moon cake with their  very own "cheeky mooncakes" featuring images of the bum in various state of undress and interesting gestures.

     

    Traditionally, farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date.  Chinese family members and friends will  gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat mooncakes and pomelos together.

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