(Video: 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival)
Although this year’s Lantern Festival has come and gone, I thought I would share with you some of the reasons as to why I keep going back year after year. So, without further ado, the top ten reasons why I love attending the Taiwan Lantern Festival!
~1~ It’s Free
Attending the festival won’t cost you a thing! Now you can get much better than that!!
~2~ The Main Lantern & Main Lantern Lighting Show
Aimed to impress, the main lantern and lighting show definitely has a wow factor. Laser lights beam from all angles as the Chinese Zodiac ‘animal of the year’ turns and changes color. And if that is not enough, the vast size of the main lantern is for sure to capture your attention.
~3~ Fireworks Display
A free fireworks show serves as a perfect backdrop for the main lantern. How awesome is that!
~4~ Entrance Gates
Combinations of small, circular lanterns are carefully placed to form shapes of fruit and Chinese characters. They are a real eye-opener! Talk about making a grand ‘entrance’!!
~5~ Mingling With the Locals
It is an opportunity to mingle with the locals and enjoy something that is near and dear to their heart. Be prepared to hear ‘Hao Ke Ai’ (meaning ‘How Cute!’) several times during your visit!
~6~ Organization & Convenience
A lot of time, effort, and organization is put into ensuring the festival runs smoothly. Parking lots are constructed and shuttle buses are offered. Also, the festival is divided into sections, making it easy for festival goers to explore. Plus, it is spacious and enjoyable for viewing.
The location changes from year to year allowing attendees an opportunity to explore another area of this amazing island.
~8~ History, Culture, and Tradition
Experience first-hand a custom of Taiwan. Plus, the structures made out of water bottles, toothpicks, metal, among other materials will for sure to leave anyone in awe.
~9~ Take in a Performance or Two
There is a line-up of shows occurring every evening during the festival, featuring a combination of local performers as well as hired entertainers from other countries.
~10~ The Vast SIZE!!
The vast size means that there is something for everyone! The festival stretches over three to four kilometers so there is something new and exciting to see with every step. Word of advice: be prepared for the crowds (even on weekdays) and to walk a lot (so wear comfortable shoes.)
I have a lot of posts in the works now so keep watching this space! Plus I am working on an entry explaining what I have been working on the past few months (you know the ‘something quite amazing’) so please stay tuned!!
[And for more lantern festival pictures, check out this post!]