Taiwan Lantern Festival

“On the fifteenth day of the new lunar year, we celebrate.”

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The Lantern Festival in Taiwan is one of the most important festivals in Taiwan.

This festival is celebrated by making lanterns, playing lantern riddle games, and having displays of shiny, decorative lanterns.

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On this day, people would eat “tangyuan” (湯圓), which are glutinous rice dumplings with either sweet or savory fillings.

Tanyuan comes in different flavours such as sesame, peanuts, red beans and even minced pork.

However, the most original one and also my favourite ones are the ones with no fillings at all and they come in either pink or white.

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Since 1990, Taiwan has held annual lantern festival events all over Taiwan, providing local people with the most beautiful, creative and cultural decorative lantern displays.

This year it’s the sheep/goat year, so there are many lantern displays with the animal sheep.

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National Lantern Day in Taiwan

“And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you.”

-Rapunzel

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Every year on Taiwan’s National Lantern Day a big event will be held at Pingxi Junior High School where they light up 200 lanterns at once.

Even though it’s a yearly event, it is always packed with people.

People write their wishes on the lantern, light it up and let it float into the sky, hoping that their wishes will come true.

It’s my first time at this event, and, to be honest, it is a very beautiful sight.

Although I wouldn’t do it again lol because there were so many people at the event that it took me 3 hours to get home.

What a mission!

Now I know how Rapunzel feels about seeing the floating lights 😉

Photo from Lantern Day:

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