Hundreds of buttercup-bright lanterns squiggle into Taiwan’s night sky. Powered by tiny lamps, the bamboo-and-rice-paper balloons sway as the heat – and the crowd’s sighs – carry away scrawled hopes of love, success and prosperity.
The finale of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, the
Lantern Festival first ignited more than 2,000 years ago. The mythology varies,
but always anchors off good relations between families, people, nature and the
higher powers that return the light each spring.
In 2012, the Taiwanese welcomed the Year of the Dragon by
showering men in firecrackers, said to bring luck and show respect to the gods
(Taitung and Tainan). A 40-tonne (88,185lb) glowing dragon – the largest
lantern ever – dominated the bash in Changhua County.
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