2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival @ Yunlin

In Taiwan, the Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar. Every year local governments in Taiwan take turns hosting the national lantern festival, displaying many lanterns and organizing various activities. This year the festival was held in Yunlin (雲林).

Below we show a few highlights from the various themes in the lantern festival.

Aboriginal Area - Food Area

Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin

Of course, a lantern festival without a street food area is inappropriate. There was a huge area dedicated for street vendors all over Taiwan.

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Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
Grilled whole pigs.
Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
Winter Gate of the food area.

World Culture/Regional Area

New this year was an area dedicated to new Taiwanese immigrants from Southeast Asia.

Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
Philippine festival themed lanterns.
Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
Vietnam.
Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
Indonesia.
Taiwan 2017 lantern festival yunlin
I heard this was a very important role for the MaZu belief.

Main Lantern Area Gate

Here we enter the main lantern area.

This year's main chicken festival lantern.
Another main statue depicting Yunlin's major agricultural products: rice, watermelon, peanuts, etc.

Individual/Local Government/Company-sponsored Area

Here local towns and companies showcased their own themed lanterns.

Tatung Electronics (大同電器), famous for its ultra long life rice cooker.

Each local township in Yunlin had a lantern:

Performance stage.
Glove Puppet-themed lantern.
Taiwan Postal Service lantern.

Yunlin Farm Themed Artistic Area

To me the most interesting area was dedicated to collaborations between artists and local communities. Instead of focusing on building the most glamorous lanterns the creators tried to interpret local cultures in new ways.

The flying bamboo sprouts.
V for Vendetta, Taiwan version.

Twilight & Darkness

As the sun went down, the lanterns finally lit up.

2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival Main Lantern Lightup Show

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The MaZu statue lantern.
It was funny that this religious statue was using Pacific Rim's soundtrack for its light display.

Check out my Taiwan blog Modern Black Hand to see the complete Lantern Festival Report!


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