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    2019 Yilan International Children’s Folklore & Folkgames Festival 2019-07-06~2019-08-18

    Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival features “Children’s Games,” a different theme based on an everlasting spirit of playfulness and the resulting creativity! The festival aims to provide children with a happy event to share with parents and friends, as well as befriending cultures from around the world! The child-themed event is one of the representative events of UNESCO’s International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), and in 2010 was the only one of its kind in Asia to be approved by CIOFF International Festival. In contrast to ordinary festivals focusing on a single form of art (performance, visual art, or multimedia), the Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival combines multiple forms including performance, exhibitions, games, and exchange, presenting children’s games in a diverse and interesting way.

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    2019 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition 2019-07-26~2019-07-29

    From just simple food and cooking, the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition has broadened to include kitchenware, culture, and dining atmosphere. Food culture integrates famous cuisine and special locally grown ingredients to create local cuisines with increasing diversity, taking Taiwan cuisine into the international arena. In addition to food that both looks and tastes great, there are also dynamic competitions of the cooking art, in which famous chefs from countries around the world are attracted to participate, making the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition a truly international event. To highlight the development of the Exhibition since its inception in 1989, every year different innovative theme plans are made, meant to create a moving atmosphere so that guests might participate and personally experience the magic of unique cuisine. In 2012 the theme plan was: “Eye on the Artistry”—raise cooking skills, forge a Taiwan Michelin; “Watch the Show”—stress equally both sides of the cuisine spectrum, let people taste the best of street snacks as well as creative cuisine. In 2013 there will be a change to a format patterned after the previous Taipei World Trade Center exhibitions that will combine fine dining with touring. We will work with hotel and restaurant owners and, based on different themes, will plan out a number of different “cuisine itineraries” so that people can tour the city and at the same time sample fine cuisine, enjoying two different atmospheres!

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    2019 Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival 2019-08-01~2019-08-30

    Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival is one of the 12 major festivals designated by the Tourism Bureau. It started in the Qing dynasty when immigrants from Fujian settled Keelung. Because of disagreements over ancestral origins, they clashed over business, land, plowing, customs, and beliefs, leading to armed conflict, heavy casualties, and hostility. In 1853, a great battle was fought at Hangding (present-day Nanrong Cemetary), with over a hundred casualties. On the verge of another conflict, elders and leaders from either side negotiated a truce. Bodies of the dead were referred to as “Lao Da Gong,” and they were buried and worshipped. Based on their surname, people took turns negotiating. These were the 11 families of Keelung, which took turns organizing the Ghost Festival. Family relationships replaced ancestral hometowns as the basis for ties, bringing together the two sides which took turns organizing the festival and offering to lonely spirits. Parade competition replaced armed conflict to preserve the peace. The Mid-Summer Ghost Festival begins on the first day of the seventh lunar month, when Lao Da Gong Temple opens Kanmen, and over the next 12 days the lanterns are lit and colored thread released on Zhupu altar. The Ying Dou Deng procession takes place on the 13th day, the water lantern procession by the seashore on the 14th, the Ghost Festival ceremony on the 15th, and finally comes the Jumping Zhong Kui and Opening Kanmen, on the first day of the 8th month. The entire period lasts a month, and is similar to the Western world’s Christmas or Japan’s Night Parade of a Hundred Demons. Each ceremony has a historical and folk culture signficance, and over the last few years culture and art aspects have been integrated with the traditional ceremony. These aspects include art exhibitions and famous groups from Taiwan and abroad. We hope that the Ghost Festival will increase solidarity and mutual blessing among the people of Keelung.

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    2019 National Yimin Festival 2019-08-20

    During the Lin Shuangwen incident in the late Qing dynasty, Lin Xiankun of Liuzhangli Village (present day Zhubei) led a group of soldiers and joined forces with other leaders from Guangdong including Wang Tingchang, Chen Ziyun, and Liu Chaozhen to bravely resist invaders. Over 200 men sacrificed their lives in the battle, winning them an imperial decree declaring their loyalty. Later, Lin Xiankun enlisted the aid of local leaders such as Liu Chaozhen, Wang Tingchang, Huang Zongwang, and Wu Ligui in constructing a temple to memorialize the dead. Traditional ceremonies of the Yimin Festival include raising lantern poles, releasing water lanterns, carrying shoulder poles, returning black banners to the woman’s parents’ home, and Da Shi Ye. 15 villages in Hsinchu and Taoyuan take turns hosting the event, which has a history of 220 years. These ceremonies became a unique form of belief for the Hakka people and turned Yimin Ye into one of Taiwan’s main deities. Since the festival occurs during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, it is often organized along with the Ghost Festival, combining the spirit of compassion for departed spirits with respect for those who gave their lives in defense of their homeland. During the seventh month, Taiwan’s Yimin Temples organize events to pay the proper respects, and as Xinpu Yimin Temple is the country’s main one, it represents the Hakka’s religious center. The worship ceremonies organized here have a long history, are held on a large scale, are representative of Taiwan, and are overall highly regarded. The branch temples will gather and return to the woman’s parents’ home, carrying on Yimin Ye’s spirit of loyalty and righteousness.

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    2019 Toucheng "Qianggu"-Grappling with the Ghost pole-climbing competition 2019-08-29

    Starting in the Qing dynasty, there has been a custom of people seizing sacrificial goods after the Ghost Festival is over. Some say this is to scare away lingering spirits, and is known as “Qianggu” (ghost grappling). The Qianggu competition held in Toucheng is Taiwan’s largest and one of Yilan’s important traditional events during the seventh lunar month. The tower consists of pillars made of China fir, 11 meters tall and 8 meters wide, with 7 or 8 meter bamboo trestlework on top. Squid, rice dumplings, rice noodles, meat, fish, and other foods are tied to the trestlework. Team members must climb on top of each other to reach the top of the trestlework and pillars, which are covered in oil. Reaching the top, they cut down the food and throw it to the frame below, where it is taken by spectators. Whoever claims the wind banner at the top is declared the winner. There are a variety of other events, including the water lantern old street tour, releasing water lanterns into Zhu’an River a day before the ghost gates close, and Beiguan Battle. There is a period of one month between the first day when the ghost gates open and the last day when Qianggu is held. In addition to remembering the ancestors and their pioneering efforts, the month includes a variety of religious traditional and folk culture events.

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    2019 HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival 2019-08-30~2019-09-01

    HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival is one of New Taipei City’s most famous major annual coastal events of the summer season. Not only has this event successfully integrated the sea environment with the creative spirit of independent (indie) music, to create a distinguishing feature of the Northeast Cape and a major benefit to tourism, it has also provided a stage for non-mainstream musical artists and created an advantage for marketing international tourism in Taiwan. The Festival is held each year on the July with the aim of providing enthusiastic youth a great place to go during the summer vacation period. At the same time it also lifts the curtain for travel throughout the entire summer season for New Taipei City’s Northeast Coast shoreline. The theme of the Festival is “Appreciating Indie Music at the Ocean”—a competition among indie music groups—and centers on performances by Taiwanese and overseas creative musical groups. The brilliant performances of the music groups and the enthusiasm of the crowds create a “chemical reaction,” a further “selling point” of this climactic event. This summer, liberate your soul with music, let yourself go and join other music enthusiasts “drunk on music,” let HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival ignite your long pent-up energy, open up your arms and welcome this “sacred” annual rock & roll classic.

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    2019 The Dice Game For Mooncakes (Bo-Bing) on Mid-Autumn Festival 2019-08-31~2019-09-15

    Tradition has it that the “Gambling for Moon-Cakes” game was originated by Hong Xu, born in Kinmen’s Hongmengang (Houfenggang). When Zheng Chenggong set out and attacked Jinling (Nanjing), Hong Xu was left behind to guard Xiamen. In order to calm the troops and comfort them in their homesickness, on Mid-autumn Festival day he had the soldiers of the garrison play this game, and as time went on it became a rather characteristic activity done in Jinmen on this holiday. “Gambling for moon-cakes” is a dice game, the winning prizes for which are moon-cakes. In the past Kinmen was a barren land and the people were poor. Families all hoped that their children would pass the civil service exams and thus make a name for themselves. Because they were all familiar with the civil service examination system, the six dice used in this game were given the names of the different levels or “degrees” of the examination system (zhuangyuan, bangyan, tanhua, jinshi, juren, and xiucai). The Kinmen County government conducts the “The Dice Game For Mooncakes (Bo-Bing) on Mid-Autumn Festival” in accordance with the ancient rules. Participants must all go through the three levels of the exam, “provincial, metropolitan, palace.” Then, according to their ranking, they each receive a moon-cake representing the particular status they have achieved, from “top graduate” (zhuangyuan) to “graduate” (xiucai). In addition, to amplify the event and make it more interesting, traditional Kinmen toys provided so that young and old can have fun to their heart’s content!

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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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    2019 Kungshen Wangye’s Salt for Peace Festival 2019-10-26~2019-10-27

    The salt industry, traditionally a symbol of wealth, was one of mankind’s earliest industries and the first product in history traded on an international scale. The Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan (Yun-Chia-Nan) salt industry set down a deep foundation in this area as early as the Zheng Chenggong period of the Ming dynasty. Evaporating, drying, and crystalizing salt water was a complex and highly technical process. For more than 340 years the sea (or solar) salt industry in Taiwan was not only the staple industry, it was the lifeblood of Taiwan’s economic development and an indispensible part of everyday life. Although in 2002 Taiwan brought to a close this 338-year-old industry, the unique salt field landscape of the Yun-Chia-Nan region gave birth to a portrait of salt industry culture and salt village life that has left a rich and lingering cultural heritage. The snow-white salt crystals not only flavor our food, by Taiwan custom every time a child “meets an evil spirit” at night and cries inconsolably, we fill a pouch of red cloth with grains of rice and salt in the so-called “salt and rice sprinkling” ceremony to calm the child, which also brings good luck and peace. The Yun-Chia-Nan coastal area contains the unique sights associated with the salt industry as well as broad sandbar, lagoons and wetlands, a one-of-a-kind natural environment. In the early years along the southwest shoreline there were seven pocket islands (now sandbanks) looking like seven kun (gigantic legendary fish) swimming in the ocean so they got the name of “kunshen” (“kun bodies”). Sandbanks are thus combined with the local religious belief in “Wang Ye” and integrated with “salt” as the organizing theme, using its symbolism of good fortune over evil, to create this event and give it its name: “The Kungshen Wangye’s Salt for Peace Festival.” This event combines salt culture, religions beliefs, and ecology while incorporating the “kunshen,” “Wang Ye,” and “Salt of Peace” images of the area. The event kicks off at the “Nankunshen Daitian Temple” (the master temple for the Wang Ye belief) and the salt workers original home of “Beimen.” Each year a marketing exhibit for agricultural and fish products and small gift packets is launched by top businessmen within the unified Yunlin,Chiayi, Tainan City region so that visitors can sample the special Yun-Chia-Nan foods without having to make a long trip. Spawned by the symbolism of this event, creative souvenirs have been designed, like the “salt of peace lucky bag.” Because the designs of these souvenirs are beautiful and change every year, they have been well appreciated year after year by visitors who are attracted to come in great numbers to collect them. In addition, a rich array of activities is provided, including big prizes in bobei (traditional game of chance), do-it-yourself salt making, a lion dance competition and trophy, and folk song singing that are well worth experiencing.

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    2019 Taroko Gorge Marathon 2019-11-02

    Taroko National Park, known for its magnificent view of the gorge, features the Central Cross-Island Highway, entering the archway of the Highway from Sioulin Township of Hualien, passing through the Taroko National Park Administration, Changchun Temple, Tunnel of Nine Turns, and Tiansiang, and connecting to Dayuling, turning to the branches of the Western or the Central Cross-Island Highway to end in Yilan, having beautiful scenery along the way, which are the deep valleys resulting from cutting actions of the changes in the crust and rivers together, an amazing forces of nature. Liwu River’s gurgling flow rushes under your foot, and the air is full of the most natural flavor of the original. Here is the place attracts not only the countrymen but also an endless stream of foreign visitors. Taroko National Park is really a rare gem in the world. The best way to acquaint yourself with Taroko National Park is immersing yourself in cliffs, the works of arts by nature gods. Taroko National Park organized "Taroko Gorge Marathon” in 2000 for the first time, and invited visitors in the enjoyment of the slow living attitude and the scenery of world-class attractions, by preventing any interference from annoying cars. Each year, the events in the Marathon always create new tournament records, regardless of the number of participants, the nationalities of the players, and the race results. It has been an unprecedented occasion and now risen to a international tournament, attracting players from around the world and friends who love jogging to get together at here to win over and to enjoy the beauty of the national park. The activities of Taroko Gorge Marathon are divided into the groups of full marathon and of half marathon to carter to the different participants who can choose their own schedule and experience the beauty of the vast forests and mountains.

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