Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2013 October 17, 2013December 22, 2013 Wendy Tang The dragon dance is organized annually by the Tai Hang’s Residential Welfare Association at Tai Hang, an area of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. 2013 is their 134th anniversary of organizing the tradition. Every year around Mid-Autumn Festival, the association carries the tradition that started in 1880. It is China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage. According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the origin of the dance was to stop a run of bad luck – a typhoon , a plague and a python from eating livestock — afflicting the Tai Hang village. To stop the chaos, the villagers were told to stage a fire dance for three days and three nights during the moon festival. The fire dragon is made from straw and covered with lit incense sticks. This year’s fire dragon is 243 foot long which included the rope connecting the dragon head and the dragon body.