Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fire dragon dance

450Last night, we went to Pokfulam to photograph a spectacular festival ritual and it was absolutely exciting. The Fire Dragon Dance features a 67-metre dragon studded with thousands of burning joss sticks that wends and dances through the Pokfulam village; while local participants bang drums and cymbals along the way! The ritual started more than 100 years ago when there was a plague and the sulphur from the firecrackers, the fiery dragon and the noise from cymbals were believed to help drive germs and evil spirits away.
This photo was taken before the dance started when they were studding joss sticks on the dragon...only a few of the 200+ photos I took are clear enough for posting so don't miss the other 11 photos here. ;-)

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (October 07, 2006 5:03 PM) : 

:P
Lisi, I know thats the typical celebrations there.
Here we cant see it.
:) Thx for sharing. and I like this photo's light!
...Jing

have a nice weekend!!

 

Anonymous Zsolt72 said ... (October 07, 2006 5:25 PM) : 

wow..this dragoon is very cool. I wish to see a Fire Dragon Dance in real one day.

 

Anonymous michelle said ... (October 07, 2006 5:39 PM) : 

Thanks for your photos. Really nice !

 

Blogger Ame said ... (October 07, 2006 6:40 PM) : 

Yeah I agree with Jing Lisi...the lighting in the shot is really neat! So festive, love it! :-)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (October 07, 2006 6:53 PM) : 

Yess superbes photos et superbes reportages. La fete a l'air d'avoir ete tres animée

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (October 07, 2006 8:24 PM) : 

yes! its nothing less than spectacular!! the photo captured the movement and great light!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (October 07, 2006 8:53 PM) : 

absolutely fabulous, hope you will share more photos from this night. i like the atmosphere, colours, light - it's a festival for the eyes.
have a great weekend.

 

Anonymous w said ... (October 07, 2006 11:03 PM) : 

That is one looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong dragon!
Flung around in stung josh sticks...how they do that? ...I mean, without the sticks falling out all over the place.... This is a Must-See on my next visit to HK. Great pics Lisi.

 

Blogger twistedzero said ... (October 07, 2006 11:04 PM) : 

great pic as usual, lisi!

- Raymond from Singapore

 

Blogger Lisi said ... (October 07, 2006 11:46 PM) : 

I can probably tell you a bit more about this "adventure"...first, that's my first time and I had always suspected I'd got stung by the joss sticks, curiously, I didn't see any falling out from the straw-made dragon, all I got was some ashes here and there.

Secondly, it's very difficult to photograph the dancing dragon...either it was dancing in circle or it was bowing to certain shrines in the village...like I said, among the 200+ there are only a few "postable"...I have pretty much posted all here and at the dpfiles blog, so, again, don't miss them...

And for those who really want to see it, this ritual is only performed during the Mid Autumn Festival, the most well known location is Tai Hang near Causeway, while the other one I know of is this one at Pokfulam...it suits me better because it was the same dragon, less people and safer for an amateur like myself.

:-)

 

Anonymous Mick Gordon said ... (October 08, 2006 1:22 AM) : 

Beautiful photo though I am especially fond of the "King of Cliche" Yeah it may well be a well photographed scene but it is truly awe inspiring, a vast humming metropolis - WOW!

 

Blogger Curly said ... (October 08, 2006 3:15 AM) : 

Lisi,

you must spend all day moving around Hong Kong to bring us the colour of the place. Once again you have not disappointed!

Curly's Photoshop

 

Blogger Felicia said ... (October 08, 2006 1:34 PM) : 

Great 12 photos Lisi! ;) Sounds particularly difficult with all the movement and at night too. Night photography frustrates me...taking so many photos and hoping a lot.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (October 08, 2006 2:42 PM) : 

I saw that on news in Singapore TV. Did you smile for us on TV? hehe... nice work!

 

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