Hakka Affairs Council launches English-language website
Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) The Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) has recently launched an English-language website to provide news and useful information about Hakka affairs, including festivals, cuisine, arts and tourist attractions.
A total of 14 major Hakka festivals take place annually from February to November across Taiwan.
In spring, for example, Hakka people celebrate the Dragon Bombing Festival, the Xin Ding Ban Festival, the Ripped Sky Festival, the Hakka Folk Song Singing Contest, the Liudui Defending the City Walls Festival, the Liudui Games and the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival.
Summer festivities include the Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Culture Festival, the Yi-Wei Hakka War Cultural Festival, the Battle of the King of Drummers and the Hakka Fishing Festival, while the Zhao-an Hakka Festival and the Chenggong Festival are observed every autumn.
During winter, there are the Rice Harvest Festival and the Hakka Wedding and Party. Detailed information about these festivals can now be found on the HAC's English-language website at english.hakka.gov.tw.
The website also offers other information about Hakka culture.
For instance, people can find recipes for classic Hakka cuisine, including si wen si chao -- an iconic set of four braised and four stir-fried dishes, rice noodles, pounded tea, rice sieve noodles, radish bun, sticky rice cake and fermented tofu.
For art enthusiasts, feature articles on literary masters, musicians, singers, performing groups and award winners are provided on the HAC website, including Hakka novelists Chung Chao-cheng and Li Qiao, poet Du Pan Fang-ge, Hakka singer Wu Sheng-chih, traditional opera group Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe, contemporary band Misa x Underground Stream, the Ju Meng Dance Troupe and Hakka Contribution Award laureates Hsu Teng-chih, Rev. Johan Tidemann Johansen and Huang Juan.
People fond of traveling and experiencing different cultures can also search the site for unique tourist destinations among Hakka villages. Led by Minister Lee Yung-de, the HAC has planned three major projects for the revival of Hakka settlements -- Taiwan Romantic Route 3, Beautiful Liudui, and Lively Provincial Highway 9.
Taoyuan's Daxi Old Street and Fanjiang Old Residence, Hsinchu's Mawudu Discovery Forest, the Raknus Selu Trail, Miaoli's Taiwan Hakka Museum and Rixin Tea Plantation and Taichung's Tuniu Hakka Cultural Hall are all accessible from Taiwan Romantic Route 3.
The Beautiful Liudui project encompasses cultural and natural spots in southern Taiwan, including the Liudui Hakka Cultural Park, Pingtung's Hsiao Family Old House and Meinong's Yellow Butterfly Valley.
Eastern Taiwan also boasts alluring Hakka locations such as Taitung's Rice Village House, the Guanshan Bicycle Trail and Hualien's Liyu Lake that are a part of Lively Provincial Highway 9.
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