Bombing the Dragon Festival.

Dancing through a firecracker parade, the Miaoli Bombing the Dragon Festival is an exciting event to be a part of.
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 celebrations.
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 its form.
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 pass by.
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 today.
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.
 
台灣過年 苗栗火旁龍

在鞭炮煙硝中穿梭,苗栗每年元宵節的火旁龍踩街,參與的時候會感受到它是多麼的刺激!
火旁龍是有恭迎神龍參訪的意思,到家裡參訪,放鞭炮是歡迎祂的意思。神靈會消災,會納福,會讓家裡平安。
古時候,秋收後就有多餘的時間,所以客家人趁這時候糊龍,練習舞龍,準備在元宵節出來火旁龍。
你看,現在我就是要,眼睛和眉毛,畫它的眼睛和眉毛。
純手工彩繪,羅師傅示範給我們看龍是怎麼糊的。他用的竹子,也都是自己劈的,來做龍身。竹子要加熱,塑型,然後冷卻,讓它定型。
客家人是台灣的第二大族群,有些宗教信仰的習慣和閩南人不太一樣。祖先在家裡拜,神明在外面拜。
天空上每天有三萬六千多尊神明經過,也就是路過的神明,請受我一拜。
哇,認識客家文化和宗教信仰,尤其有關過年的部分,真是好玩。
我也這麼覺得。即使天氣這麼冷。你看,我的台灣手套都派上用場了。其實我常騎腳踏車來這裡,但我以前一直都不知道我看的是什麼,直到今天。是個非常有趣又特別的民族。料理好好吃。我今天應該胖了兩公斤。
我今天吃了兩個刈包。
真的嗎?我吃了三個。別講出去喔!
苗栗火旁龍今年在二月十四日舉行。