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Rats are Stars of Lantern Festival

2020/02/13 15:15

Alarms have been raised over the Wuhan coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped people in Taiwan from going to see the various Lantern Festivals, including the biggest one – the Taiwan Lantern Festival being held in Taichung – and the Taipei Lantern Festival on Zhonghua Road. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar calendar and marks the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations. In ancient times, only the emperor and wealthy families would have ornate lanterns for the occasion. But now, many beautiful lanterns are made by not only masters, but artists, schools, community groups and cities outside Taiwan, hoping to attract visitors. And, of course, with this year being the Year of the Rat on the Chinese zodiac, many lanterns are in the shape of the animal that is enjoying a rare period of popularity. Take a look at the different designs at the Taipei Lantern Festival.

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