8. Lantern Festival, Taiwan
It is one of the most important events in Taiwan which held on first full-Moon night of every Lunar year. The Pingxi district of Taiwan decorated with thousands of sky lanterns lights during this festival. The main lantern at the festival have theme of Chinese zodiac sign of respective year. The large lantern installations shows resemblance with many animals like dragon, dinosaurs and butterflies. At same time the smaller lanterns represents most important historical events. The celebrations of this festival also include lantern making, lantern riddle games and firework displays.
The Taiwan Lantern Festival is an annual event hosted by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taiwan to celebrate the Lantern Festival.
There are many activities all over Taiwan during Taiwan Lantern Festival. During the Taiwan Lantern Festival, thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District in Taiwan. In Yanshui District, the firecrackers ceremony of Wumiao Temple is also one of the important activities. The Tainan Yanshui Fireworks Display was originally celebrated to ward off evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingxi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner. These two events are known together as «Fireworks in the South, Sky Lanterns in the North.»
Starting from 1990, the Tourism Bureau integrated civilian and local governmental resources to conduct the event to celebrate the Lantern Festival and the end of the Chinese New Year. The purpose of the festival is to spread the traditional folklore. It is also known as the Yuan Xiao Festival.
The firecrackers ceremony of the Wumiao Temple in Yanshui District was held by ancient people, in order to show respect for the exploits of Guan Yu. Fengpao is the ceremony to start to burn thousands of soaring firecrackers hung on a five to twenty-five meters high wooden stand. This ceremony starts from six o’clock in the afternoon until five o’clock in the morning. Thousands of people and visitors attend the ceremony.