Taiwan celebrated the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival this year by lauching more then 3000 sky lanterns off into the skies across the strait wishing peace and prosperity for cross-straits relations.
The main attraction was a massive eight metre sky lantern, which was assembled specially for the event, with the words, “Sky Lanterns lighten both sides of the Straits” written across it. Once the lantern was released it drew cheers from the crowds.
Lantern-makers and performers from the mainland province of Sichuan were invited to the celebrations. Wu Jiakui, one of the Sichuan lantern-makers, said he felt honoured to take part in the celebrations.
“What impressed me most is how well the traditional culture of the Chinese nation has been preserved here in Taiwan, in sky lantern making especially.”
Sky lanterns have been an important part of Asian culture for hundreds of years, used in many festivals and celebrations the release of a lantern symbolises the release of your worries and problems.
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