The Taiwan Lantern Festival
Chinese New Year is one of the most vibrant holidays in Taiwan, with celebrations centred around having fun with family and friends in a variety of customs and traditions. The most colourful celebrations relating to the New Year form part of the annual Lantern Festival, which involves guessing lantern riddles, eating rice-flour dumplings, and releasing lanterns into the sky. The most notable celebrations take place in New Taipei City’s Pingxi Township, along the Love River in Kaohsiung, and as part of the national Taiwan Lantern Festival, a spectacular, multi-day carnival-style celebration set in different locations across the island each year. Growing bigger and more extravagant each year, the Taiwan Lantern Festival has been hailed by international media as ‘a Disneyland without roller coasters’ and ‘one of the best festivals in the world’.
The 30th annual Taiwan Lantern Festival will take place from 19th February to 3rd March 2019 and be hosted in Pingtung, Taiwan’s southernmost county which is surrounded by beautiful mountains to the north and some of the country’s best beaches to the south. The festival is based on Taiwanese cultural traditions and is famous for the many colourful and beautifully designed lanterns on display representing traditional local culture. Adding to the festive atmosphere are spectacular light, dance and music shows, delicious Taiwanese street food, and an impressive firework display that brings the festival to a close.
For more information, please visit https://www.taiwan.net.tw/2019taiwanlantern/index_en.html.