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Lantern Festival

Date: 2018/03/02

The Lantern Festival is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the first lunar month to mark the grand finale of the Chinese New Year celebrations. It is also the very first full moon day of the New Year, symbolizing the coming of the spring. People usually celebrate this festival by enjoying family dinner together, eating Yuanxiao (glutinous rice dumpling), carrying paper lanterns, and solving the riddles on the lanterns. The festival is celebrated with fanfare events in Taiwan, including the internationally famed Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City, Bombing Lord Han Dan in Taitung, and Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival in Tainan, to welcome the New Year in a spirit of peace, prosperity and joy.

Bombing Lord Han Dan is a special ceremony in Taitung, which a chosen man performs in the role of Master Han Dan-a god of wealth, and gets thrown by firecrackers. During the event, the chosen man wears nothing but a pair of red short pants, holds one bamboo fan to protect his face, stands on a sedan chair, and being carried around by four devotees. Firecrackers are to be thrown at the chosen one as it is believed that Lord Han Dan cannot bear the cold weather. The firecrackers are to keep him warm as well as to pray for wealth and prosperities.

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is held every year during the Lantern Festival in Pingxi of New Taipei City. Sky Lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern are flying paper lanterns traditionally found in some Asian cultures. It was invented by Kongming during three kingdoms period by Zhu Ke-Liang (aka Kongming) in order to pass military information. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo made frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. After lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, same concept of a hot air balloon which raises the lantern into the sky. People nowadays usually write their wishes on the sky lanterns because it is believed as the lantern fly into the sky; it is a way to pass on your wishes to gods above.

Yanshui Beehive Rocket Festival is a distinctive religious event scheduled on the day of the Lantern Festival in Yanshui, Tainan. On the day of the Lantern Festival, people would visit Yanshui in Tainan City to follow the sedan chair of the divinity and the release of thousands of firecrackers. Participants are required to wear a helmet, mask, towel, as well as dressed in long pants and long sleeves shirt for safety.

Other than the three major Lantern Festival celebrations of Taiwan listed above, the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival takes place at different Taiwan City every year. The splendid Taiwan Lantern Festival is filled with thousands traditional, cartoon and thematically designed lanterns of various shapes, sizes, and colors. The theme of Taiwan Lantern Festival varies each year according to the Chinese zodiac sign of 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.)

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Events

2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin

Date: 2017/2/11(Sat)-2/19(Sun)

Place: Huwei Lantern District- THSR Yunlin Station Area to Agricultural Expo Ecological Park, Beigang Lantern District- Zhongzheng Rd. to Beigang Tourist Bridge

Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin

2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival is held in Yunlin and will celebrate the Year of the Rooster with more eco-friendly, multicultural and local elements. With Yulin’s specials including glove puppetry, mascot ChiMengZi, Xiluo Bridge, Gukeng coffee and Agricultural Expo, Yulin is ready to present you the most festive Lantern Festival. Local and international friends are all recommend joining the fun and experiencing the charms of Yulin and the nearby cities during the Taiwan Lantern Festival. It is a great time to organize a Yulin vacation with exploring attractions in daytime and visiting the wonderful Lantern Festival in the evening.

Taipei Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/2/4(Sat)-2/12(Sun)

Place: Beimen Square to Red House Ximending (Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Wanhua Dist.)

Taipei Lantern Festival

Taipei Lantern Festival, Kaohsiung Lantern Festival and Taiwan Lantern Festival are the three major celebration events in Taiwan. Visiting the Lantern Festival has become a regular routine during this time of the year. With different themed lanterns and lighting effects, it’s a great way to experience the holiday spirit. This year, Taipei Lantern Festival is held in the area from Beimen Square to Red House Ximending. Visitors can enjoy the rich local culture of the historical sites.

Yehliu Harbor Purification Festival

Date: 2017/2/11(Wed)

Place: Yehliu Baoan Temple

Yehliu Harbor Purification Festival

The unique temple ritual- “harbor cleaning” symbolizes clear off spirit and evil influences from the sea by deities, as well as to plead for a quietude fishing trip and return home fully loaded. The harbor cleaning ceremony includes divinities pilgrimage cruise around the village, across the sea and pass over fire. In the ritual, the divinities’ statues will be put on the chair of a cart and carried by four men. First, they will cruise outside the port for three rounds, and then they will unload big loads of fish on the wharf, symbolizing a bumper fish for this year. Then the carriers will jump into the sea with the sedan chairs and swim to the other side of the harbor. After they go ashore, “walk across over fire” will be performed with temple sacrificial activities on land.

New Taipei Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/2/11(Sat)

Place: Jingtong Elementary School, Pingxi Junior High School, Shifen Plaza

New Taipei Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

The annual celebration of the Lantern Festival releases the flying lanterns to attract many tourists every February. This event has becoming a worldwide renowned event, even been named one of the best winter trips this year by National Geographic Travel, it is a worth visit Taiwan event. Sky Lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern is believed as a way to pass on wishes to gods above. Visitors can write their wishes on a sky lantern and release it to the sky in various places in town. Thousands of people travel here to see the superb scene of innumerable sky lanterns rising into the sky. During each night of the festival, thousands of sky lanterns illuminate the night skies of northern Taiwan is truly an amazing sight.

Nantou Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/2/11(Sat)

Place: Jingtong Elementary School, Pingxi Junior High School, Shifen Plaza

Nantou Lantern Festival

Bombing Lord Han Dan is a special ceremony in Taitung, which a chosen man performs in the role of Master Han Dan-a god of wealth, and gets thrown by firecrackers. During the event, the chosen man wears nothing but a pair of red short pants, holds one bamboo fan to protect his face, stands on a sedan chair, and being carried around by four devotees. Firecrackers are to be thrown at the chosen one as it is believed that Lord Han Dan cannot bear the cold weather. The firecrackers are to keep him warm as well as to pray for wealth and prosperities.

Taichung Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/2/5(Sun)-2/19(Sun)

Place: Taichung Park & Taichung City Seaport Art Center

Taichung Lantern Festival

2017 Taichung Lantern Festival celebrates the Year of Rooster with 2 lantern districts at Taichung Park and Taichung City Seaport Art Center, presenting many fascinating lanterns.

Nantou Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/1/21(Sat)-2/19(Sun)

Place: Nantou City

Nantou Lantern Festival

The 2017 Nantou Lantern Festival will move from Jiji Station, Checheng Station and Zhuoshui Station to Nantou City for the Year of the Rooster celebrations. Combined with diverse events including Sand Sculpture, Water Show, Dinosaur Show and many local traditions and specials, Nantou Lantern Festival invites you to enjoy the lively festival and explore the fascinating Nantou attractions as well.

Taoyuan Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/2/10(Fri)-2/19(Sun)

Place: Taoyuan Longtan Pond

Taoyuan Lantern Festival

The 2017 Taoyuan Lantern Festival is held in Longtan of Taoyuan and is celebrating the Year of the Rooster under the theme of “Happy Family” as family and rooster are pronounced the same in Taiwanese. There will be 6 lantern districts, light shows around the pond and many other fun activities await you. Besides visiting the fascinating lanterns in the evening, travelers are recommended to take biking tours in the daytime as there are many bike lanes nearby.

Tainan Yanshui Beehive Firecrackers Festival

Date: 2017/2/10(Fri)-2/11(Sat)

Place: Wu Temple, Yanshui Junior High School, Yanshui District

Tainan Yanshui Beehive Firecrackers Festival

Tainan Yanshui Beehive Firecrackers plays an important role in the festivities of Lantern Festival in southern Taiwan. The name “Beehive” is referred to the bottle rockets launches from a central beehive shaped wooden castles into the crowds, instead of skyward. In the late 1800, a deadly cholera and plague gradually deprived more and more live when the ceremony was arranged the first time to call for help from the Guanyu divinity. Nowadays, the annual Yanshui Beehive Festival becomes a local custom to hoping the diseases can be sent away and to expressing the appreciation to the Guanyu for saving many lives and bringing the peace back to the town. It is truly a thrilling way to bring an end to the New Year’s celebrations.

Kaohsiung Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/1/30(Mon)-2/12(Sun)

Place: East and west banks of Love River, Cishan, Gangshan, Fo Guang Shan

Kaohsiung Lantern Festival

Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is held at the surrounding areas of Love River, which is celebrated the major festival with colorful lanterns of all sizes and shapes. The event has grown popular over the year, thus the event has grown into larger scale. Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is the third biggest lantern carnival in Taiwan as an expression of the theme of love and happiness. The festival as well integrates the special characteristics of Kaohsiung culture and art which brings the image of Kaohsiung and offers everyone a unique experience of Chinese New Year in the harbor city of Kaohsiung.

Yue Jin Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/1/21(Sat)-2/28(Tue), 17:30-23:00

Place: Yue Jin Harbor (Qiaonan St., Yanshui Dist., Tainan)

Yue Jin Lantern Festival

Yue Jin Lantern Festival is first held in 2010. Combining traditional lantern celebration with art, the festival is full of creativity and local characteristics. Yue Jin Lantern Festival has become one of the Lantern Festival celebrations one would not want to miss these days. This year, Yue Jin Lantern Festival will celebrate New Year under the theme “Greeting of the Four Seasons.” Presenting a magical celebration of the different seasons with 4 different colors and 50 pieces of lantern arts including 7 large lanterns and 4 international artist’s work.

Taitung Bombarding Master Han Dan

Date: Bombarding Master Han Dan 2017/2/10(Fri), Pilgrimage 2/11(Sat), Theme Lantern Display 1/24-2/12

Place: Citizen Plaza, Harbor Park, Taitung City

Taitung Bombarding Master Han Dan

The Lantern Festival in Taitung City has over 60 years of history, held annually by Matsu Temple and Haishan Temple. The most popular local activity in Taitung during this period is the Bombarding of Master Handan. In Taiwan folklore the Mater Han Dan is regarded as a god of wealth who is known of being afraid of the cold, so bombarding fireworks is to keep him warm and in the hope of obtaining his blessing for prosperous the coming year will be. A chosen man will perform in the role of the Master Han Dan who will wear nothing except a pair of red short pants, and hold a bamboo fan to protect his face while standing on a sedan chair, carried around in designated route by four devotees.

Hualien Pacific Lantern Festival

Date: 2017/1/21(Sat)-2/19(Sun)

Place: Hualien Sixth Urban District & Hualien Carp Lake (Liyutan)

Hualien Pacific Lantern Festival

2017 Hualien Pacific Lantern Festival this year present the unique Light and Water Show, Blue Whale Light Show and 3D Red-faced Rubber Duck Water Light Show with 2 main lanterns representing the water and the land. Combining the local culture, Hualien Government is presenting the most traditional lantern of all. The New Year Shopping Street will be open as well for your convenience.

Must-See Places

Pingxi Old Street
Yeliou Scenic Area (Yeliou Geopark)
Liyu Lake
Beigang Chao-Tian Temple
National Palace Museum Southern Branch

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