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2002 Taipei Lantern Festival(330字)
  • 發布機關:臺北市政府
  • 聯絡人:newsman

In spirit and celebration of the Year of the Horse, Taipei will be hosting the 2002 Lantern Festival at Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall from February 26 to March 3. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the New Year season. Although it is the end of the New Year season it is also known as a beginning, a fresh page filled with hope and enthusiasm. Like a horse forever leaping to new destinations, this "Little New Year" represents new opportunities for every person. Chinese have celebrated this festival since the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 221). Spectacular lanterns are displayed and the air is full of cheer and hope for the New Year. This is also a time for lantern parades and eating glutinous rice dumplings. The round dumplings symbolize family unity and completeness. This very traditional celebration has taken on a modern flair, as the city of Taipei has become even more internationally renown. Light displays range from traditional paper lanterns to new-age sound and light shows.

Taipei is a unique city as it has a blend of eastern and western influences. New ideas and modern thought are backed with traditional teachings. As the capital of Taiwan, Taipei is rich in various culture and tradition. History is preserved and cherished. At the same time, Taipei is a vibrant and modern cultural and cosmopolitan center.

The Taipei City Government would like to extend his wishes to welcome all to the beautiful city of Taipei and take part of the 2002 Taipei Lantern Festival. It is our profound wish that these celebrations will bring good luck to all. It will be a time for family and friends, near and far to gather and witness the glorious spirit of Taipei.

Next year the festival will be held from February 26 to March 3.
Location of Festival: Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
For more information please contact: Amanda Shen
Postal address: 9F, No. 1, Shi Fu Road, Taipei City Government, Taipei, Taiwan
Email address: amanda_shen98@yahoo.com