Wednesday, February 17, 2016


The 15th day of the first lunar month each year, known as "Yuan Xiao", it is one of the three major traditional festivals in Taiwan. It is also the first festival celebration after the start of the Lunar New Year. Special events include the Taiwan Lantern Festival, Pingxi Heavenly Lanterns, Taitung Bombing of the god Handan, the Beehive Rockets of Yanshui, the Taipei Lantern Festival, and traditional celebratory temple rituals.
Since 1990, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau has organized the Taiwan Lantern Festival, and this year, the the festival enters its 26th year.  The 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival will celebrate the Year of the Monkey under the theme "Golden Monkey Offering Peaches."

2016 "Year of the Monkey King"

    The centerpiece of the event is a giant themed lantern modeled on the Chinese zodiacal animal of the year, accompanied by subsidiary lanterns and special lantern areas such as the Hope & Wishes lantern section, the Fun Filled lantern section and many others, all of which successfully display the art of lantern making. During the official opening ceremony, performing groups from Taiwan and overseas enliven the festivities, making this an event you don't want to miss.


    Starting in 1990, the Tourism Bureau integrated civilian and local governmental resources to conduct the event to celebrate the Lantern Festival (15th day of the first month in the lunar calendar). The purpose of the festival is to spread the traditional folklore of the festival.

    The firecrackers ceremony of the Wumiao Temple in Yenshui Township was held by ancient people in order to show respect for the exploits of Guan Yu. Fengpao, is the ceremony to start the burning of thousands of firecrackers hung on 15 to 75 foot high wooden stands. This ceremony starts from 6 p.m., and goes on until 5 the next morning. Thousands of visitors attend the ceremony.

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