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2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival

2/19/2019-3/3/2019
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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:



  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.