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    2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival 2019-02-19~2019-03-03

    To promote Taiwan’s tourism in the global community, so as to attract more foreign visitors to the country and increase tourism revenues, Tourism Bureau, MOTC has held the Taiwan Lantern Festival in recent years with the idea of “spreading the roots of folk culture while holding traditional fests at an international level.” Lantern parades are traditionally held on the Lantern Day. By combining traditional culture with top-notch technology, Taiwan Lantern Festival presents itself as a shining fest compatible with its international counterparts. The main lantern area is so beautiful that it is merely impossible to appreciate everything at once. Local and overseas folk troupes dedicate their remarkable performances to the festival’s goers. Many other performance groups also bring their impressive shows to the audience. The festival has therefore been hailed by local participants and foreign guests alike. In 2007, a Discovery Channel producer and his team came to Taiwan to join the festival, and concluded that this international event is worth some recognition. In fact, Taiwan Lantern Festival has since been chosen by the Discovery Channel to be one of the best festivals in the world. Discovery has made an hour-long documentary that has been shown globally to introduce the dazzling, charming Taiwan Lantern Festival. 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingtung The “2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival” is scheduled to be held in Pingtung from February 19 to March 3, 2019. The 30th Taiwan Lantern Festival has been given the task of transforming the heritage of the festival and connecting it with the future, hence its main theme of “Pingan Penglai. Light-up 30”. The festival is divided into three zones, Dapeng Bay, Pingtung (Light Festival) and Donggang. The main lantern is located in the Dapeng Bay lantern zone, which covers an area of 42 hectares and offers three major features: Consolidate the efforts of three parties to hold the lantern festival For the first time, the lantern festival is held at a national scenic area, pioneering a collaboration between the Tourism Bureau, a county government and a private enterprise (Dapeng Bay International Development Co., Ltd.) to hold the Taiwan Lantern Festival and striving for the tourism development of Pingtung and Dapeng Bay. The theme of the main lantern is not designed based on the Chinese zodiac for the first time The Chinese zodiac has been an important element of the Taiwan Lantern Festival. The main lantern of the year has always been designed after the animals of the year in the Chinese zodiac. However, the festival in 2019 is breaking the tradition and using a form of Donggang’s bluefin tuna as the design for the main lantern, conveying local characteristics and representing wishes for a full harvest. After the festival, the main lantern will be retained at the venue and become one of the landmarks of Dapeng Bay. As for the animal representing the lunar year on the Chinese zodiac this year, pig, it still plays an important role in the festival, actively appearing in all corners of the festival to unexpectedly greet tourists. Seaside view of lanterns The entire lantern festival venue is located along the coastal lagoon, which makes full use of the local landscape and landforms and possesses characteristics of past lantern festivals held either near water bodies or inland. Compared to other inland riparian lantern festivals held at home or abroad, the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival is exquisite, offering a flavor of the sea, vast view and an overwhelming experience.

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    2019 Love in Alishan ─ Wedding under Sacred Tree 2019-10-19~2019-10-20

    Wedding under the Divine Tree is watched over by ancient trees as newlyweds seal their lifelong commitment underneath. This signifies everlasting love and future fortune and happiness. A backdrop of two hearts forms the unchanging symbol of the event, being wonderfully integrated with the fragrant trees and green forest. Effects are used to display a fantastic wedding image, with great quantities of roses and flower petals arranged with green plants and leaves. After the newlyweds pass through the flower arch, representing the beginning of a new stage in life, and the sweet flower stepway, which represents happiness, their new journey through life is officially announced. Then, watched over by the ancient trees, they began a beautiful marriage as enduring as the trees themselves. In addition to wedding ceremonies, events make use of Chiayi’s tourism resources, including bed and breakfasts, fine cuisine, local fine foods, traditional aborigine handicraft, agricultural specialty products, wedding businesses, and local specialty gifts. They create a journey of love and romance to bring the new couple the happiest and most fortunate marriage possible, as well as including guests in the festive atmosphere. The events promote tourism and related industries and increase Chiayi’s international reputation, making Taiwan an excellent tourist destination.

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    2018 The Most Beautiful Bays Carnival in Penghu, Taiwan 2018-09-27~2018-10-01

    Penghu’s longstanding efforts in marine life conservation caught the attention of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) organization, which invited Penghu through the Taipei Representative Office in France to apply for membership. The unique bay atmosphere formed from Penghu’s geology, rich culture, and history left a deep impression on the organization’s other members, and after three years of efforts, the application process was completed and formal membership obtained. Thanks to the Penghu County government’s efforts, the MBBW’s annual meeting will take place in Penghu in 2018. It will be an important time in the County’s journey onto the international stage and so, in addition to the meeting, Penghu will host the Most Beautiful Bay Carnival. Other planned events include the Night at the Bay, an arts parade, the Seafood Festival, the Conference on the Ocean, a global marketing expo, the Global Charity Queen Pageant, IRONMAN Taiwan, and an international yacht expo, etc.

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    2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival─ Yanshuei (Yanshui) Beehive Fireworks Festival 2019-02-18~2019-02-19

    The “Yanshuei (Yanshui) Beehive Fireworks” is ranked as the third largest folk celebration in the world and is one of the most representative religious events in all of Taiwan. With hundreds of thousands of firecrackers all going off at the same time, it is a cacophony like hundreds of thousands of bees streaming out of their hives. The event attracts huge numbers of onlookers every year and is paired with the “Pingxi Sky Lanterns” in describing Lantern Festival activities: “Sky lanterns in the north, beehive fireworks in the south.” Tradition has it that the “beehive fireworks” originated in July/August, 1885 as a cholera epidemic raged in the streets of Yanshuei. Owing to the underdeveloped state of medicine at the time, victims of the disease multiplied daily and the local population lived in fear, praying to Guan Di, the god of war, to bring an end to this calamity and save them. Thus on Lantern Festival evening, Guan Di appointed General Zhou Cang as his guide, with Guan Di’s palanquin bringing up the rear. Following the palanquin were multitudes of the faithful setting off firecrackers along the road, winding their way throughout the city until the break of dawn, ridding themselves of this plague in one fell swoop. From that time onward, future generations followed this precedent, asking Guan Di to patrol the streets on the evening of the Lantern Festival. The “Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks” event consists of a circuit around the outskirts of the town by palanquins, each symbolically armed to the teeth, with thousands of local inhabitants and visitors clustered around them as they slowly wind their way through the streets. When the line of palanquins comes up to the residential gate of a business, the lead one sets up a large or small “gun deck” (also called a “gun wall”) on the street and then lights the fuse. The “gun deck” consists of thousands of rockets that ignite all at the same time, creating a deafening, bee-like sound that fills the air as sparks fly in all directions. Every year the ear-splitting power of these rockets and the excitement that comes in their wake attract crowds of tourists from both Taiwan and abroad to come “rush the beehive barricades”! People believe the “baptism of fireworks” gets rid of calamity and troubles, sweeps away noxious influences and brings increasing good fortune in the new year.

  • International
    Taichung World Flora Exposition 2018-11-03~2019-04-24

    The Taichung World Flora Exposition (also called the Flora Expo) is an international event recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) as an A2/B1 horticulture exposition. This event will display to the world the hard work of Taiwan’s farmers, the thoughtfulness of the architects, the efforts of volunteers, and Taiwan’s hospitality. Through the expo’s exquisite designs, visitors can be immersed in, and admire, a visual feast from nature with reminders of simple pleasures, creating moments of happiness in life.

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    2019 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2019/2/16、2/19

    Tradition has it that the “sky lantern” was invented during the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220-265) by Zhuge Liang. At first it was used to transmit military information, different from beacon towers yet ingeniously serving the same function, and is now generally recognized as the earliest ancestor to the hot air balloon. In the early 19th century the Lantern Festival was brought to Taiwan, where every year, at the beginning of the spring planting season, people would release “sky lanterns” into the air as a prayer for the coming year. Because in olden times marriage was for the purpose of “adding a son” and increasing manpower, people went to the temple to pray for blessings and released sky lanterns on which they had written things like “May a son soon be born.” and “May the harvests be bountiful.” Sky lanterns were released to follow the wind, rising up to the ancestors to report that all was well and to pray for blessings. Slowly this evolved to become a local event for the Yuanxiao Festival in the Pingxi area. Through many, many years of changes, the one thing that never changed was the reflected lives and hopes of the people as the sky lanterns slowly rose aloft. For many years the “Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” has had a brilliant history. In addition to enjoying its reputation as part of the traditional description of this Yuanxiao or Lantern Festival in Taiwan—“Sky lanterns in the north, beehive fireworks in the south.”—the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival was voted by the Discovery Channel as the second biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world, a festival whose sky lanterns carry the prayers and vows of the people and by which they seek the purification of their souls, a festival that advertises the Taiwan spirit to the world. In addition to the folk performances, lantern riddle contests, and street folk carnivals that are organized every year, the sky lanterns carrying prayers aloft remain the focal point of the entire event. The lanterns are lit, hopes slowly rise, and the flames of prayer dance in the air as the lanterns magically transform into wings of hope and desire, turning the night sky of this mountain town into an expanse of unimaginable beauty. The visual enjoyment of his fantastic and magnificent sight transcends cultural barriers so when festival time arrives each year, Pingxi is always overwhelmed with visitors. The sight of sky lanterns with their lights rising slowing into the sky is for many Taiwanese a beautiful memory and the beginning of happiness and dreams.

  • International
    2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition 2019-02-12~2019-02-17

    The 6-day Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is a readers’ carnival launched by the Ministry of Culture in 1987, and attracting over 500,000 visitors each winter vacation. A leading book expo in Asia, TIBE takes place at TWTC Exhibition Halls 1 and 3 every year to simultaneously promote cross-border exchanges, professional publishing, and reading as a lifestyle. It started granting free admission to people under the age of 18 to hopefully instill in teenagers good reading habits and a sense of cultural sophistication. Featuring over 1 million intellectually challenging volumes from 653 publishers and 67 countries, TIBE 2015 brought more than 400 authors, children’s book writers and illustrators together with fans during 1,000-odd book launch parties and seminars, among a mind-boggling array of programs that encouraged diversified reading.

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    2019 Yunlin International Puppets Arts Festival 2019-10-08~2019-10-13

    Shadow puppetry, glove puppetry, and marionette were introduced to Taiwan, blended with local customs and beliefs, and had developed into a unique art form of puppetry since, becoming three treasures of Taiwan. As time goes by, regardless of a vivid performance in the hands of the masters, an incidental music of live musicians’ pragmatic responses, or an audience of different generation, or even the purpose of performance switched from offering thanks to the gods to entertaining people, the significance of puppetry arts has been gradually changing. Yunlin International Puppet Arts Festival was founded in 1999, and Yunlin becomes puppets’ hometown in Taiwan, creating a variety of performing schools. To establish the International Puppet Arts Festival is to realize Yunlin as a cultural county, to carry forward the traditions of fine art, and to promote international cultural exchanges. The festival activities include inviting international puppet teams to perform, and sponsoring the Golden Palm Award to encourage skill contests and competitive performances of classic and innovative plays. In addition, it combines with exhibitions of arts, cultural and creative works, and installation art of agricultural product puppets, and promoting, encouraging, teaching and experiencing glove puppetry to enable sustainable development and to pass on the heritage of glove puppetry culture.

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    2019 Christmasland in New Taipei City Nov. 2019 - Jan. 2020

    Christmasland is a “realm of merry Christmas” in the urban setting of Xinban Special District, asprawling playground intended for people of all ages, and also an effort toenhance New Taipei City’s global profile. By connecting attractions throughoutthe neighborhood (The Lin Family Mansion & Garden, 435 Art Zone, HuangshiMarket, Fuzhong Shopping District, Nanya Night Market, etc.) to Xinban SpecialDistrict’s emerging shopping facilities, Christmasland bolsters tourism in bothNew Taipei City and Northern Taiwan as it transforms the entire Banqiao area intoa spectacular winter getaway destination complete with culinary, entertainment,and shopping amenities. To mark the period betweenChristmas and Chinese New Year, the most festive time of the year in Taiwan,Christmasland incorporates elaboratevenue and event planning efforts to touch visitors’ hearts with a sense of joy.It is a gorgeously illuminated, happiness-evokingenclave that creates a fairy tale-like experience out of the country’s tallestChristmas trees, fun-packed rides, and a series of regular events from countyfairs, large concerts, and markets selling handmade goods to carnival parades.Designed with all demographic groups in mind, Christmasland is a trueembodiment of the gleeful, festive atmosphere.

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    2019 Sanyi International Woodcarving Art Festival 2019-10-10~2019-10-13

    Sanyi Township is located in southern Miaoli, neighboring Da’an River and Houli (Taichung). To the northeast is Sanjiaoshan (567 m) and Xinlong and Xinglong, two villages in Tongluo Township. To the east, Guandao Range forms a natural boundary next to Dahu and Zhuolan. To the west are Huoyan Range, Yuanli, and Tongxiao, and to the north is Tongluo Township. Situated between Taiwan’s northern and southern climate zones, Sanyi experiences a variety of different weather, especially in the spring and winter; people feel as if it’s always summer until the first rains bring autumn. From November to March, the area is covered in clouds and fog, turning Sanyi into a wonderland and granting it the title “Taiwan’s Mist Capitol.” The area produces an abundance of camphor trees, popular for their fragrant wood. In 1918, Wu Jinbao and his son strarted creating camphorwood sculptures, developing their art and passing it along to local residents. Today, the wood sculptures street is home to a number of flourishing shops. After 2001, Sanyi Township began organizing International Woodcarving Art Festival, featuring local qualities, a variety of activities, and a fun, artistic atmosphere. The “static” exhibition shows off the beauty of wood sculptures, and the “moving” performances give visitors a chance to absorb the rich culture. DIY activities include wood games a variety of interesting things to challenge your mind.

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