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Central Taiwan Lantern Festival features 'flying pig'

2019/02/17 14:08:17

Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (center, right)

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) The annual Central Taiwan Lantern Festival kicked off Saturday evening following a colorful light and sound show in Taichung introducing the public to the centerpiece lantern, a cloak-wearing flying pig.

The ceremony, held at Wen Xi Forest Park, was hosted by Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), who touted the flying pig as a symbol of hard-work at the right time and place.

"Although the environment is tough, we can always meet any challenge -- city or economic development -- as long as we face the right direction and fly with the wind," Lu said in her address at the main lantern inauguration event.

The 2019 Central Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung will run through Feb. 24.

Installed on a rotatable base, the main lantern was designed to greet and impress visitors from all directions. From 7-10 p.m. every evening, the lantern will headline a 3-5 minute show featuring laser special effects and a theme song on the hour, inviting visitors to enjoy a marvelous visual and audio experience, according to Taichung City Government.

Meanwhile, the New Taipei Lantern Festival will begin at New Taipei Metropolitan Park on Monday.

For 14 days numerous hand-made lanterns will be showcased on six hectares of land at the park in Sanchong District, depicting subjects in five major themes ranging from lucky pigs to love.

(By Hau Hsueh-ching, Sunrise Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)