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Taiwanese Festivals


Taiwan definitely knows how to celebrate. Take a look at these gorgeous photographs of local festivals that our photographer captured.

Published on Aug 29, 2014

Posted on August 29, 2014


Confucius's Birthday

The 37-part, hour-long Confucian Ceremony in Taipei is a precisely choreographed tribute by students and politicians, musicians and dancers, to the "Prince of Culture," who was born 2565 years ago in September 28, 2014.

Confucius's Birthday

Donggang Wang Yeh

Every three years, Donglong Temple in the southwest hosts an eight-day festival culminating in the burning of diety Wang Yeh's boat—meant to expel pestilence and evil. Every job, from boat building to sedan carrying, is hereditarily assigned.

Donggang Wang Yeh

Dragon Boat (or, Duanwu Jie)

With boat races on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the festival is commonly said to appease Qu Yuan, a water spirit who drowned in 278 BC and is fed rice balls, wrapped in bamboo leaves as protection from a poaching dragon.

Dragon Boat

Ai Jin Li

In the mountain village of Wu Feng, members of the small Saisiyat tribe annually commemorate their ancient defeat of neighboring aboriginal group believed to have first come from Africa.

Ai Jin Li


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