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A multitude of festivals in Taiwan

From Janice Seh-jen Lai of Taiwan - The Heart of the Sea

Janice urges you to visit the tourism website in order to find out about the many events that take place in Taiwan each year. She was particularly keen that would-be travellers make a note of:

“The Lunar New Year, as it is the true start of the New Year. It is closely followed by the Lantern Festival. Hundreds of decorative lanterns are on eye-catching display during the Lantern Festival, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. The Pingxi Heavenly Lantern Festival is another must-see activity at this time.

“Every year from April to May, the hillsides of northern Taiwan are blanketed by a "May snow" of white tung blossoms as municipal and county governments lead their township counterparts in organizing all sorts of artistic and cultural activities. The blooms are the main attraction during the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, along with art and cultural activities and 50 flower viewing routes to choose from.

“Taiwan is a multi-cultural island. There are 14 major aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, each with distinctive ways of life and traditions, including rituals, ceremonies, song and dance, and sports through which they express respect to the spirits. The richness of these cultures is dramatically presented during the Aboriginal Harvest Festival, held every year in July and August in Hualien and Taitung counties. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join in the festivities.”