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    2021 HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival This activity has been temporarily suspended in 2021.

    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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    2021 Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival & Moonlight Sea Concert 2021-07-22~2021-10-30

    Held along Taiwan's East Coast, Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival & Moonlight Sea Concert features large outdoor installation, art studios accessible to the public along Provincial Highway 11, art fairs, and music concerts. The coast's natural environment, indigenous lifestyle, and youth travel are the festival's main themes.

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    2021 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival This event has been postponed indefinitely until further notice.

    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.

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    Toucheng "Qianggu"-Grappling with the Ghost pole-climbing competition The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    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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    2021 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition 2021-08-06~2021-08-09

    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.

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    The Dice Game For Mooncakes (Bo-Bing) on Mid-Autumn Festival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    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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    Times of Rocks in Yehliu - A Night-time Visit to the Queen's Head The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    Yehliu Geopark is open to night-time visits now, and this makes it truly unique. "Time of Rocks in Yehliu" uses colorful light and music to highlight the area’s mushroom rocks. Visitors can expect enjoy an indelible experience at the park.

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    Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    Nantou is Taiwan's only inland county but is home to the famous, unrivalled Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater lake. Attracting visitors from abroad, it's an essential tourist destination, and in addition to scenic beauty, the unique landscape has made it an excellent place for biking, marathons, and an annual swimming competition, which is the area's biggest and longest-running event, starting in 1983. Every year around the Mid-Autumn Festival, swimmers from around Taiwan or abroad gather at Zhaowu Wharf to participate in this grand event. The course is 3000 meters long and in 2002 was officially included among the world's famous swimming competitions. Bringing thousands of swimming enthusiasts from Taiwan and abroad, it has become a grand event.

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    Yunlin International Puppets Arts Festival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    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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    Wedding Under the Sacred Tree in Alishan The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    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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