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Cultural heritage work lauded

The Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance has been selected by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism as a remarkable example of the Government’s efforts to safeguard and promote Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage (ICH).

The decision was made after the ministry launched a nation-wide exercise to select outstanding ICH items based on criteria adopted by UNESCO.

Among 347 nominations, the Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance was awarded as one of 50 items showcasing a good safeguarding practice.

As one of the most iconic festive events in Hong Kong, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance was inscribed onto the third national ICH list in 2011.

The Tai Hang fire dragon dance has been held for more than 100 years. Tai Hang was originally a Hakka village which reportedly once suffered from plague. Since the epidemic, villagers in Tai Hang have performed a three-day fire dragon dance to ask for blessings during the Mid-Autumn Festival in the eighth lunar month every year.
 
With the founding of the Tai Hang Residents' Welfare Association, a successor system was established to pass on the knowledge and skills required for the fire dragon dance to the next generation systematically. The Tai Hang fire dragon dance was inscribed onto the third national list of ICH in 2011.
 
For more information on local ICH and related activities, please visit the ICH Office's website.

The Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang fire dragon dance has been selected as one of the Remarkable Examples of Good Practice for Safeguarding the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Items by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Photo shows the Tai Hang fire dragon dance.
The Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang fire dragon dance has been selected as one of the Remarkable Examples of Good Practice for Safeguarding the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Items by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Photo shows the Tai Hang fire dragon dance.
  The Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang fire dragon dance has been selected as one of the Remarkable Examples of Good Practice for Safeguarding the National Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Items by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Photo shows participants learning from an ICH bearer how to craft a fire dragon in a workshop held by the ICH Office.
The Mid-Autumn Festival - the Tai Hang fire dragon dance has been selected as one of the Remarkable Examples of Good Practice for Safeguarding the National Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Items by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Photo shows participants learning from an ICH bearer how to craft a fire dragon in a workshop held by the ICH Office.

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