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Dragon and the Moon: Autumn Harvest Festival in Hong Kong

The fire dragon floats in the sea after being paraded, representing "Return to the Sea" during the Fire Dragon Dance performance in Hong Kong. Straw "fire dragons" smoldering with tens of thousands of incense sticks will visit a few Hong Kong neighborhoods for three nights in a row, bestowing blessings on residents. The tradition began in the 19th century when, as the legend has it, villagers stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance. Now it's just one of the many traditions residents of Hong Kong enjoy as the city celebrates the Chinese mid-autumn festival, one of the biggest holidays in the ethnic Chinese world.

Dragon and the Moon: Autumn Harvest Festival in Hong Kong


The autumn harvest festival, which is a cross between Thanksgiving and

Valentine's Day, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eight month of the

Chinese lunar calendar, when the moon is at its roundest and brightest.