the Dragon Festival.
Dancing through a firecracker parade, the Miaoli Bombing
the Dragon Festival is an exciting event to be a part
The meaning behind bombing the dragon is welcoming
the dragon spirit
into the home.
Firecrackers are set off to welcome them.
The spirits will chase away bad luck,
bring good luck
and keep the family same from harm.
In the old days after the autumn harvest, people had
more free time, so during this period the Hakkas made
dragons and practiced dancing them for the Bombing
the Dragon festival at the end of the Lunar New Year
Look, now I am about to...
the eyes and the eyebrows...
to draw the eyes and the eyebrows.
Painting the dragon by hand, Mr. Luo shows us how
a dragon is made. He uses bamboo that he splits by
himself to construct the dragon’s body. Even the scales
of the dragon are made with bamboo. Strips of the
woody grass are heated, shaped, then cooled to hold
The Hakkas are Taiwan’s second largest group of people.
Their religious practices are slightly different from
that of the Min Nans. Ancestors are worshipped inside,
but the gods outside.
In the sky, everyday there are 36,000 gods that pass
by. So with this I am paying respect to the gods that
Boy I had a lot of fun learning about Hakka culture
and religion, especially around the Chinese new year.
You know, I come up here all the time on my bicycle
and I never really understood what I was looking at
until today. It’s an amazing special group of people.
And the food is fantastic. I think I gained two kilos
I had two of those hamburger things today.
Did you really? I had three. Shh, don’t tell anyone!
The Miaoli Bombing the Dragon Festival takes place
this year on February 14th.