A Massive Fireworks Display to Start a Taiwan Election Campaign (A PhotoBlog)

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The election campaigns for town and city mayors as well as councillors are in full swing in Taiwan now. Banners and flags with the faces of election hopefuls line the streets and large billboards with fist pumping candidates can be spotted at major street intersections everywhere.

So it comes as no surprise that the amount of money being poured into these campaigns is huge and it is not only for banners, flags, posters, and billboards, but fireworks as well.

And one local candidate started off his campaign with a big bang by lighting up the sky with a massive display of fireworks last Saturday night. The photos included in this post were taken from a third story window in our house. I was lucky enough to have the camera battery charged and the camera handy to capture these images.

I just love these unexpected surprises – it is the story of my life as an expat in Taiwan!

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 Linking up with Treat Yo’ Self Thursday 

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31 thoughts on “A Massive Fireworks Display to Start a Taiwan Election Campaign (A PhotoBlog)

  1. What an *explosive* election campaign! (ba-da-boom-tisch!)
    I love fireworks, though in Japan they’re mostly over (with a couple of exceptions) for the season. I think I would mind noisy election campaigns here much less if there were fireworks involved. Maybe it’s an idea worth pitching…
    Anyway, great photos! (I hope there’ll be more) 🙂

    1. Thanks! I actually don’t mind it at all! Although they are rather noisy (trucks with speakers traveling around the streets promoting candidates and fire crackers galore being set off), I love seeing how election campaigns in Taiwan are different to those in Canada! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!!

      1. We have the noisy trucks with speakers in Japan too. I wouldn’t mind them so much if they just kept to weekdays, but they’ve occasionally driven by on Sunday mornings at around 8am… not appreciated. XD

  2. Fireworks can be hard to capture so good for you! That’s interesting about the loudspeaker trucks. I’d never seen/heard anything like it until Thailand. Japan has the same thing and both countries use them for more than elections! Is that the same in Taiwan? Can you vote, by the way? Oh! With the candidate pics, do they put up huge billboards at street level with hmmm.. what size is that? B1?? posters of every candidate in one spot? I thought those were interesting in Japan. 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Hilary! I love hearing about your experiences in Asia as well. It’s amazing how different things are done here.

      The loudspeaker trucks are used quite frequently during election campaigns and they are also used to promote local businesses as well. The billboards range from covering an entire building to smaller ones being held up on bamboo structures.

      No, I cannot vote. I don’t have a Taiwanese ID – in order to get one, I have to give up my Canadian citizenship and we all know that I am not doing that!!

      Hope your week is off to a great start!!

      1. The voting thing is interesting for me. There was talk of allowing residents without citizenship the right to vote in municipal elections in Tokyo. I was pretty annoyed that hubby can’t vote in local elections here. He works here, pays taxes here and is part of the community so why can’t he vote?? I can understand on a federal level but locally should really make no difference. That reminds me, I still have to submit my formal complaint about that. 😀

        I loved the loudspeaker trucks near our house in rural Thailand. They’d come rumbling down the street around 5am with breakfast fixings for sale. Along with the roosters, exploding aerosol cans at the neighbor’s fire (garbage was burned on the property) in the evening, and neighbor noise – us too! – it was a loud but fun affair.

        As for Japan, the hot potato, bakery, “recycling”, kerosene, and I’m sure I’m missing more trucks would go through our neighborhood. If they were missing, I’d notice. 😀

        Thanks and you, too! Fingers crossed my laptop will actually be fixed, working and come home soon. It’s been over a month!

        1. Actually, one time I was in Canada visiting during an election and I drove my mom to the voting venue and when I walked in, one of the women working at the polling station told me that I am not allowed to vote as I wasn’t in Canada for 30 days prior to the election. (She knew my family personally).

          In the smaller towns of Taiwan, you have trucks selling all kinds of things like cleaning supplies (I bet their business is really good during Chinese New Year) and stinky tofu (leaving a lingering smell as it passes)! I don’t mind as long as they don’t wake me up! 🙂

          1. Huh… I think municipal rules probably vary quite considerably. Again (did I already say this?), I’m okay with federal restrictions but municipal ones, especially for permanent residents, seem questionable.

            Hey! I’ve heard about this stinky tofu in a few places now! What’s in it??

  3. Gorgeous fireworks. You’re right, lots of money poured in the campaign. Fireworks is one way to stand out…the bigger the bang, the more memorable, perhaps? Really, the money can be used elsewhere to support other causes. Or maybe the candidates do really mean well, encouraging everyone in Taiwan to get involved and have their fair say in the election.

    When the election rolls around in Malaysia, everyone is always on their best behaviour for fear of upsetting any political candidate. Politics at work.

    1. I am pretty sure the fireworks were used to officially kick off the campaign along with lots and lots of firecrackers – the road had a mountain of red paper from the previous evening’s firecrackers (before it was cleaned up). I find that it is important to Taiwanese to begin something important (no matter what) on the right foot – get married on a certain day, throw a celebration when you move into a new house, etc. And I totally agree that the money could be put to better use – I feel that too much money is pumped into election campaigns everywhere, not only in Taiwan.

      That is interesting about Malaysia. I am not really sure about how people act here towards election candidates.

      1. The opening of the campaign sounds like almost a big a celebration as the Chinese New Year. Taiwanese culture sounds very much like Chinese-Malaysian culture, in that it is auspicious to do certain things to bring good fortune down the track.

        Don’t know about Taiwan, but when the election campaign rolls around in Malaysia, political candidates love holding behind-doors speech rally events in certain communities they think they can drum up support. These speeches are usually attended by thousands and sometimes audience members get quite heated.

        1. Yes, it is very similar to the celebrations commonly associated with Chinese New Year. And they also have the major speeches and rallies in Taiwan, too. I attended one once in Taipei and you could feel the passion of the people (and most assumed I was an international reporter covering the election)

  4. Such lovely photos of fireworks – mine always come out like a big blur! Must have been great to see!

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