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06 February 2013 23:45 | By Ng Jie Ying
CNY special: Sneak peek to Taiwan’s Lantern Festival 2013

An annual event hosted by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the Lantern Festival hopes to preserve the traditional Yuan Xiao Festival.



Taiwan’s Lantern Festival 2013 (© Hsinchu County Government)
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The 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Lantern (Yuan Xiao) Festival, marks the last official day to the Chinese New Year celebrations. In ancient China, girls were given the rare consent from their parents to venture into the streets. Holding lanterns on this day, they would often hope to meet someone special and fall in love, hence Yuan Xiao is also called the “Chinese Valentine’s Day.”

Every year, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau will organise the Lantern Festival during the Chinese New Year period in different parts of the country and the lantern theme will often coincide with the zodiac sign of that particular year.

Almost like a carnival, the event displays magnificent large-size stationary lanterns at different parts of the venue, while people carry a smaller lantern to sightsee the exhibits. This year, Taiwanese girl group SHE is invited to be the ambassadors of the event.

During the media preview held last year using artiste impressions of the festivities, Taiwan's tourism authorities promised that this year’s celebration will be the “world’s most dazzling lantern festival” ever.

The event will take place from 24 February to 10 March 2013 in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Click on to see the artists' impression pictures of the upcoming Lantern Festival.