If you’ve never been to Taiwan, now is a great time to start planning a trip. This country is full of beautiful sights, sounds, and traditions. The Taiwan Lantern Festival is just one of many must-see traditional events and has been a big attraction for locals and visitors alike since 1990. It’s a great way to highlight the country’s rich history and culture. Keep reading to better understand the top reasons to attend the Taiwan Lantern Festival.
Celebrate the New Year
The Lantern Festival, also known as Yuan Xiao Jie, offers a way to celebrate the upcoming year. This event was created to celebrate the 15th day of the first day of the lunar calendar. It was also a way to celebrate the longer daylight hours as well as the fact that spring is soon on its way.
Be Surrounded By Gorgeous Lanterns
While at the lantern festival, you’re sure to see a lot of lanterns. This makes for an amazing viewing experience. You can take in the beauty of the event as you watch the lanterns fill the sky! This is something that can only truly be experienced in person – as photographs of the event don’t offer quite the same experience to someone who has never been at the festival.
Make Your Own Wish for the Coming Year
The Ping Xi Sky Lantern Festival is another big festival that occurs during the same timeframe as the Taiwan Lantern Festival. One tradition, held at the Ping Xi Sky Lantern Festival is to write your wish on a lantern and release it. You may choose to create your own lantern ahead of time, or you can purchase a lantern-making kit at the festival and build it there. This is a great opportunity for you to think of your wishes and goals for the year ahead and watch as you set your own wishes out with everyone else’s. It’s such a fun way to share your wishes!
It’s an Amazing FREE Event
Another reason to attend the Taiwan Lantern Festival is the fact that it’s a free event! I don’t know about you, but I love events that don’t cost a thing. You’ll only need to spend money if you choose to purchase or make lantern, or if you wish to buy festival food. This leaves more money in your budget to explore the rest of Taiwan! 🙂
Enjoy Performances from Locals
Another benefit to going to the Taiwan Lantern Festival is the ability to enjoy local performances. This includes singing, dancing, and other musical displays. This can make the entire event more enjoyable as you get a taste and listen at local entertainment. As you walk throughout the event site, you’ll see different entertainers.
As you can see, this is an enjoyable event. 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival will be held in Yunlin from February 11th-19th. If you want to see the magic that is known as the Taiwan Lantern Festival, check out the Taiwan Tourism Bureau ’s 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival Guide. You can also learn more on their Facebook page. This is an event that you won’t want to miss.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.