As Chinese New Year Festival (also known as Spring Festival) comes to a close, another celebration is called for. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year. It is symbolized by different colored lanterns released in the air. Thousands of people all over Taiwan and around the world gather together as they celebrate this breathtaking event.
In Pingxi, flying sky lanterns have been practiced for more than 2000 years ago during the Xing Dynasty. Back in the day, outlaws used to raid the town of Pingxi, which caused the people in this town to hide in the mountains. The town’s lookouts use these sky lanterns to signal to the townspeople that it is safe to go back to their homes.
Today, people light up sky lanterns with a different purpose. They believe that writing their wishes on the lanterns would send them straight up to heaven. People from all over the world have come here and lanterns are being sent up the sky every single day.
I am so excited to witness and be part of this celebration.
NORTH OF TAIWAN
DAY 3, PART 4 – YEHLIU, JIUFEN, PINGXI
Joseph dropped us off to the bus station and told us that we were to take a bus to Pingxi. The bus ride cost NT30 ($0.93)each. We were lucky to get there on time for the next bus. Excitment was building up as more people entered the bus.
The ride took another 20 minutes after we got dropped off at the stop. Vehicles are no longer allowed to enter from this point on. All of us walked downhill towards Jingtong train station. It was about to get dark and people were already flying their own lanterns as we looked up the sky.
Those little black dots are lanterns floating in the sky.
This is how crowded the place was once we got to the old street of Jingtong train station. People from all over the world all come here to witness the lantern festival.
Wishes on a bamboo.
Shops selling mini lanterns. They also light up!
This street is lined with lantern shops. Everyone is eager to assist you in setting up your lantern and lighting it up.
Different colors represent different meanings for each lantern. We chose the color red for luck.
All prices are in Taiwan Dollars
If you wish to get all eight colors in one lantern, that’s NT300 ($9.28 USD)
NT200 ($6.18 USD) for a four-colored lantern
NT150 ($4.64 USD) for a single-color lantern
Painting our lantern making sure we write down all our wishes and dreams to send to the heavens.
A quick video of the Jingtong Old Street.
Big thanks to this guy who took our photos while we were setting up our lantern. He’s the one wearing a vest with the camera on it. Don’t really know if he does this out of fun or what but it’s best to give him something to say thanks.
I just love being in this area. Walking along the street, eating, looking at people and reading their hopes, wishes and dreams. More photos below.
A quick video of the releasing of lanterns.
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