Happy Lunar New Year!

It’s that time of year again when celebration sweeps across all of Taiwan marking the beginning a new lunar year, and this year is the year of the snake.  Most people in Taiwan have a week off to clean their homes, cook celebratory meals, and enjoy time with family. As part of the festivities, many cities often hold their own lantern festivals, and Taichung’s didn’t fail to impress me.  The flicker of red, white, yellow, green, and blue lights illuminating the darkness are a visual feast for the eyes.

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                               Entrance to lantern festival at Forest Park.

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The snake is the sixth animal out of 12 in the Chinese zodiac and is supposed to be “enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, and refined.”  Characteristics we can all appreciate.

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                                  Walking under snakes.  Not Creepy at all.

The festival has lanterns in all shapes and sizes. WARNING: CUTENESS AHEAD!!!

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One of my favorite sections of the festival is full of lanterns created by students. I love the way they use their creativity to represent the snake.  The nerdy snake is ridiculously adorable for a cold blooded reptile don’t you think?

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Lantern copy

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Of course there are lanterns of other animals as well.

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Lantern 2 copy

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The grandest lantern of them all is the snake encircling a sphere.  There is a short production with glamorous Hollywood lights, music, and a drummer dwarfed by the gigantic snake. See him in the corner?

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4 thoughts on “Happy Lunar New Year!

  1. And Times Square just drops a ball for New Year’s – seems a little weak. Love the posts – you were always such a great writer, and you’re so courageous to take this trip! Thanks for blogging, so the less courageous can follow along from home 😉

    • Amy! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you haven’t gotten bored yet reading. You know you are right about NYE in NYC. I never thought of it that way. You know that was one of the reasons I wanted to make a blog…so those folks can see what it’s like outside of home. At least through my eyes anyways : )

  2. I’ve seen lights like the blue ones near the North End, but never anything else like the lanterns and animals here! It looks so magical. I especially like the picture of the snake lights over the walkway. What is the weather like there? Is it warm all the time so you can easily go out at night?

    • Their winter is pretty mild compared to home and people wear jackets but the summer is very hot and humid since it is semi tropical I believe. You can definitely go and sit outside at night on some days in winter (similar to a warm spring). If only Boston was like that minus the hot and humid summers!

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