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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