Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the 1st month in the lunar calendar, is another frantically celebrated festival after Chinese New Year. In Chinese, Lantern Festival is called 元宵節 (Pinyin – yuán xiāo jiē) on which the whole family should gather together to eat “yuanxiao”, a kind of sweet rice-flour dumpling.
Thanks to the rich cultural diversity in Taiwan, Lantern Festival has evolved into a day on which many fun and exciting activities are going on in different places on this small island.
|1||Fo Guang Shan Lantern Festival (佛光山平安燈會)||Kaohsiung|
|2||Yanshui Beehive Firework (鹽水蜂炮)||Tainan|
|3||Yuejing Riverbank Lantern Festival (月津港燈節)||Tainan|
|4||Luermen Firework Festival (鹿耳門國際煙火節)||Tainan|
|5||Bombarding the Handan (台東炸寒單爺)||Taidong|
|6||Pinxi Sky Lantern Festival (平溪天燈節)||Taipei|
|7||Local Lantern Exhibitions (台灣燈會)||Everywhere|
It has been dubbed as one of 10 World’s Best Parties 2015 by the Australian travel magzine – Get Lost. For it is a dangerously exciting activity to take part in. Around 200 Beehive Rocket Launchers, 1 million rockets, are served for the brave warriors’ challenge. The blind firecrackers can go any direction to bombard you. If you would like to join this special party, the strict dress code must be followed.
Local Lantern Exhibitions – 台灣燈會
Many of the exciting and sensational events above are not easy to reach for foreigners. Don’t panic! You still have good ways to celebrate by going to the nearest lantern exhibition in your city. Most cities have their own lantern exhibitions and the main national lantern exhibition is held in different cities every year.
2017.02.11 – 2017.02.19
2017.01.30 – 2017.02.12
2017.02.04 – 2017.02.12
2017.01.21 – 2017.02.19
2017.01.22 – 2017.02.12
No matter how you plan to celebrate Lantern Festival in Taiwan, don’t forget to eat a bowl of yuanxiao with your good friends either in the night market or at street vendors to mark a sweet and smooth start for the new year.