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    2022 The Hakka Tung Blossom Festival April to May

    The inspiration of the Tung Blossom Festival comes from the Hakka people, who live a hardworking and simple life nurtured by wisdom that has come down from their original integration into the Taiwanese local culture. The Tung Trees that cover the hills and fields were an important cash crop for the Hakka. They also brought many economic opportunities to the local economy. Tung trees were widely planted in the nearby mountains of the Hakka area. Tung seed can be used to extract tung tree oil, and its wood is a basic material in the production of consumer goods at that time, when the economy was much more local, the Tung tree wood's economic value was an important resource in helping many Hakka families make ends meet, and helped Hakka communities purchase food. That is the main reason that the Hakka have deep feelings and heartfelt gratitude towards the Tung tree, the mountains, and nature in general. During The Tung Blossom Festival, in addition to inviting people to enjoy the flowers and tour around the Hakka village, the Council for Hakka Affairs has the honor of conducting a grand ceremony to worship the three Mountain Gods, the guardian spirits of the Hakka. The ceremony will not only offer thanksgiving and respect to the mountains and forests, but also bring encouragement to the Hakka decedents, extolling them to respect the law, to be solemn and the holy, to be devout in prayers, and to cherish the roots of their culture. Today, although people's livelihood no longer rely on the economic value of tung tree, the modern Tung Tree Festival has been a great economy success. The Tung Blossom Festival hosted by Hakka Affairs Council is not only a sacrifice to the guardian spirits on the behalf of the people, but also an offering to the people on the behalf of the flowers. The Tung tree has very different stages in its appearance throughout the four Seasons. Around April or May the flowers will blossom, and are a beautiful snow white; in summer, green leaves sprout from the branches; in autumn all the leaves turn yellow and blow away with the wind; and during the winter tung tree looks withered and dead. The Hakka people's history has often mimicked these seasons. Several times the Hakka have been forced to migrate, and have faced extreme difficulty. However, they have always stuck to their traditional roots, and been innovative in their methods.

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    2022 Taichung Mazu International Festival 2022-02-03~2022-05-21

    Presenting Taichung City's 12 hundred-year-old temples at once, the festival aims to strengthen regional values whilst showing Taichung's cultural diversity. Based on traditional religious rites and combining the folk events of all participating areas, it promotes Mazu worship at the global stage, drawing fans of culture home and abroad to learn about in Taichung's folk religion.

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    2022 Taiwan Lantern Festival 2022-02-01~2022-02-28

    2022Taiwan Lantern Festival-Video Zone 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. The 2022 Taiwan Lantern Festival will draw inspiration from tradition to innovate and create breakthroughs. It will combine traditional lantern art and multidisciplinary art technology, while setting up a new collaboration model for artisans and artists –especially lantern specialists. The festival is expected to serve as a space for such artists and artisans to demonstrate their work, and it will also provide interactive experiences for visitors to learn about how traditional lantern art can be passed down from one generation to another. By incorporating creativity and innovation, tradition and modernity can be integrated to diversify this folk festival, making the Taiwan Lantern Festival unique among ethnic Chinese communities around the globe. Love River Bay and Weiwuying Exhibition Areas - Local Lantern Displays 2/1-2/28 Weiwuying Exhibition Area - Main Lantern Display 2/15-2/28

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    2022 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2022/02/12、02/15

    The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City has been held since 1999. With joint public-private efforts, the sky lanterns have attracted positive global recognition for Taiwan. The festival has been highlighted by the international media, such as Fodor's, National Geographic and The Huffington Post. In 2018, it was voted "the most recommended cultural activity for international travelers" by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website. It was also recommended by Reader's Digest as "one of the 40 experiences to be completed before the age of 40." The Sky Lantern Festival is increasing the international visibility of the Pingxi area, and bringing Pingxi to the world! The Pingxi Lantern Festival has become an important highlight for Taiwan on the international stage. Local and foreign visitors can experience the unique cultural activity of lantern launching in all seasons. People can write their wishes on the lanterns, and then launch them into the sky. These activities combine a variety of resources and attractions, helping tourists from around the world gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's beauty and culture. It also provides important support to local economies.

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    2022 Yilan Green Expo 2022-03-26~2022-05-08

    The Yilan Green Expo was established in 2000 with a focus on green living, conservation and eco-friendly agriculture. This event includes themed exhibitions, outdoor education and recreation. Environmental friendliness is at its core. It highlights the beauty of Taiwan's shimmering green rice fields, lush forests, mountains, seas, lakes and rivers. These are all part of an "Yilan-style green leisurely heritage." After evolving over the past 20 years, the expo now includes even more information on leading a green lifestyle, as well as cultural/artistic performances and horticultural displays. The expo increases environmental education and awareness within local industries, such as agriculture, fisheries and tourism. The expo's emphasis on the environment and education makes it a special event on Taiwan's festival calendar, and it has become a flagship spring event for Yilan County.

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    2022 Taipei Fashion Week AW22: 3/24-3/28

    Taiwan's Ministry of Culture initiated the "Taipei Fashion Week" in 2005 in order to help foster innovation in Taiwan's fashion industry as well as raise its international profile and provide a platform for industry exchanges. The event also promotes cooperation between Taiwan's fashion industry and its film, television, and arts industries. Looking forward, it is hoped that the Taipei Fashion Week can help Taiwan become an Asian fashion hub and a trend setter in Asian and global fashions.

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    2022 Song-Jiang Battle Array in Neimen, Kaohsiung 2022-03-25~2022-04-05

    The "Song-Jiang Battle Array" event has been held in Kaohsiung's Neimen District since 2001. It's jointly managed by the Kaohsiung City Government and three temples in Neimen. Originally a local temple fair, it now incorporates elements such as folk arts. This carnival of performing arts, religious beliefs and local cultural heritage is an annual religious and cultural celebration in Neimen and Qishan.

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    2022 Taiwan International Festival of Arts 2022-02-17~2022-05-18

    The Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) is Taiwan's most important annual arts festival. It's also a leading cultural event in Asia. It's jointly held at the National Theater and Concert Hall, the National Taichung Theater, and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts-Weiwuying. These sites are in northern, central and southern Taiwan, respectively. Working together, these events enrich the lives of the people and provide a global platform for promoting Taiwan's artistic energy. TIFA provides a place where artists from around the world can meet and exchange ideas, and it's also a splendid celebration of the arts.

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    2022 Taiwan Lantern Festival ─ Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2022-02-15

    The "Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival" 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 Yanshui. 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 "Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival" 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.

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    2022 Taiwan International Orchid Show 2022-03-26~2022-04-05

    The annual Taiwan International Orchid Show began in 2005. It's held in the Taiwan Orchid Biotechnology Park, which is located in Tainan City's Houbi District. It's a featured event on the international flower show calendar, along with the "Japan Grand Prix International Orchid and Flower Show" and the "World Orchid Conference." These are world's three major annual orchid shows. The Taiwan International Orchid Show has new themes every year, and it attracts thousands of visitors. The show is an important part of efforts to promote Taiwan's orchid industry. It features beautiful orchid displays and interesting arrangements. In addition, it incorporates cultural aspects and new biotech applications. The show helps promote interest in flowers, international exchanges, and its helps maintain sustainable operations in the orchid industry.

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