Yanshui Wu Temple (Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival)
Yanshui Wu Temple (Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival)

Yanshui Beehive Firecracker
The lantern festival in Taiwan is characterized by sky lanterns in the north and beehive firecrackers in the south. Customarily, it is believed that bad luck would go away after one is bombed with beehive firecrackers. Hence, the Yanshui Beehive Firecracker attracts tens of thousands enthusiastic participants, and even foreign media and visitors are attracted to the event.

People in Yanshui feel most proud on the 14th and 15th day of the first month on the Lunar Calendar because these are days to play beehive firecrackers. Wherever the god's sedan chairs go, town residents light firecrackers, and beehives, fireworks, and sparklers of all kinds shot up through the sky with loud thundering sounds, coming with beautiful misty smokes and lighting up the night sky in a magnificent festive fashion. The streets of entire town of Yanshui are so densely covered with scarps of firecracker paper that the surface of the asphalt road is hardly seen. Visitors from every corner of the nation and abroad are eager to see for themselves the thrilling and exciting scenery on the evening of Lantern Festival.

Yanshui Wu Temple
The temple is also named "Guandi Temple," and was first established in the Yongli Reign Period. In the fourth year of the Jiaqing Reign Period (1799), Lin Wun Jyun of Lugang came to Tainan (which was then the capital town of Taiwan) for a legal case. When he was released, he felt greatly thankful for Lord Guandi's (Guangong) blessings and provided capital to refurbish the temple, laying the foundation for the temple's scale today.

The custom of lighting beehive firecrackers is said to be deeply linked with the Wu Temple. Legend has it that a plague once occurred in the Yanshui area during the Guangxu Reign Period and the staggering number of people dying every day caused great panic among the residents. Not knowing what to do with the disease, they had no alternative but to ask gods and Buddha for a solution. Lord Guandi had always been very efficacious in the local area, so they prayed to him for safety. Lord Guandi answered to their plea just as expected. He ordered the residents to carry sedan chairs on the evening of the Lantern Festival with Jhou Cang He at the front of the parade team and his statue at the very back and firecrackers lit along the way through every street and lane along the border the Yanshui area until dawn. After the night of Lantern Festival, the Yanshui area became safe and the local people decided to make the firecracker parade an annual custom to remember with gratitude the blessings from Lord Guandi. The custom continued to develop and became the current beehive event on the 14th and 15th day of the first month in the Lunar Calendar every year. Today, the event is hosted by the Wu Temple and considered an annual grand occasion of folk art in the Yanshui area, leaving glorious records on the history of Yanshui.

For the past one hundred years, the local residents have had the belief that the more firecrackers one is bombed with, the luckier he or she is in the coming new year. So remember to wear a helmet, mask, and transparent eye pads. Raincoats and plastic boots also come as part of the standard garments for the event. Arrive at the Yanshui Wu Temple well ahead of time, and be ready to enjoy this one-of-a-kind beehive carnival.

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Tel+886-6-652-1264, +886-6- 652-3388
AddressNo.87, Wumiao Rd., Yanshui District, Tainan Citygoogle map click open new windows
Longitude/Latitude  (120.2656490,23.3238570)
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Transportation

Nat'l Hwy 1 → Xinying Interchange → County Hwy 172 → Xinyi Rd. → Wenwu St. → Wumiao Rd.

Public

Take the train to Xinying Station, transfer Xinying Bus (bound for Shuangchun) to Yanshui stop.


 
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Last Update:2014-06-09 14:56:26