The tradition celebrates the legend of a Buddhist monk who saved his village from a plague when he destroyed a dragon, slashing it into three pieces. Only the head and tail of the dragon were recovered, and all who drank its blood were healed.
Every year, fishmongers roam the city streets from Kuan Tai Temple towards the Inner Harbour searching for the dragon’s body, dancing and carrying only the dragon’s head and tail, while drinking rice wine and beer.
PHOTOS Xinhua News Agency and Cheong Kam Ka
(Issue N.40, May 2017)