Taiwan is one of the most popular places for tourism in the world. The Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications hosts the Taiwan lantern festival every year to celebrate the Lantern Festival.
This festival comes with different activities that people do. One of those actives is lighting thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District. In the Wumiao Temple, there is the famous fire cracker ceremony which is another very popular activity in the festivals. The Tainan Yanshui festival was celebrated to sweep out diseases and bad luck from the region and to bring good luck to the region and lives of the people. The Taipei Pingxi Sky Lanterns that were released was done to inform the people that the place was safe. These two festivals together are known as the Taiwan Lantern Festival. People popularly refer these two festivals as “Fireworks in the South, Sky Lanterns in the North.”
In the year 1990, the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications decided to host the event and celebrate it every fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar. This was done to boost tourism and also to make sure the tradition is not forgotten. This festival is also popularly known as Yuan Xiao Festival.
In the ancient times, in the Yanshui District, the firecrackers ceremony of the Wumiao Temple was organized by the old people to show respect for the exploits of Guan Yu. Fengpao is another famous ritual that can be seen in the festivals where thousands of soaring firecrackers are hung on a five to twenty-five meters high wooden stand. The rituals start 6 in the evening, and it continues throughout the night and ends at 5 in the morning.
Earlier this event was held in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park in Taipei, after 2001 it came to Taiwan. According to the American Discovery Channel’s program “Fantastic Festivals of the World”, this festival has been rated as one of the best festivals in the world.