The burning incense straw dragon dance performed on Mid-autumn Day is rather popular in the urban areas of Kaihua county. The performance in Fuhu village, Suzhuang town is recognized as the most splendid one.
Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) once had his troop rest at Suzhuang town before he got the crown. It happened to be the Mid-autumn Day. The locals served food and put on dragon dances for the soldiers. The emperor was extremely impressed by the performance and named the straw dragon “mythical dragon”.
The dragon is made of straw and stuck with incenses all over its body. Once the dance starts, the incenses get lit, making the performance like a fire dragon flying in the sky.
Suzhuang town was designated as “Zhejiang traditional festival protection base” in 2008. The dance was also included in the “third batch of national intangible cultural heritage protection list”.