Does going to the Taiwan Lantern Festival 2018 sound like a magical dream? We think so too! Lantern Festivals are very popular in many Asian countries and the Taiwan Lantern Festival is one of the biggest and best! Taiwan is one of the closest Asian countries to North America so if you are looking to experience a sky lantern festival, it is quite easy to get to! The 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival will be bigger and more beautiful than years in the past so this is the year to attend if you have always been dreaming of seeing lanterns float into the sky! Before you go, there are some things you need to know about the Taiwan Lantern Festival!
5 Things To Know About The Taiwan Lantern Festival 2018
#1. The 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival Will Be Celebrated On The First Full Moon Of The Chinese New Year
The 2018 dates for the Taiwan Lantern Festival will be March 2nd through March 11th. This lands right around spring break for Americans and Canadians so if you are looking to pull the kids out of school for a unique spring break experience or you are a college student wanting to do something memorable with your break, the Taiwan Lantern Festival is calling your name!
The shows during the 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival will take place at fixed hours every evening during the festival period, and attendees can also enjoy dance performances and more! The “land” lantern zone delves into Chiayi history [the county that is hosting the Taiwan Lantern Festival in 2018], highlighting traditional craft art and the works by local artists. The sky lantern festival in Taiwan in 2018 will blend old with new and local artisans will put their personal stamp on the traditional festival. Go early and check out this Taipei itinerary if you are looking to spend a little more time in the capital or this month-long Taiwan itinerary if you really want to get to know the country.
#2: The Taiwan Lantern Festival 2018 Will Be The First Tech-Inspired Lantern Show
Sure, you have probably seen what you may consider to be Chinese lantern festivals on the internet or in movies, but the Taiwan Lantern Festival aims to bring something a little different to the table this year! First off, there will be an official Taiwan Lantern Festival app that is available for users in three languages. This guide will help users from around the world navigate the Taiwan Lantern Festival in 2018. The street stands will also be a part of a “cashless market” where you can use your smartphone to pay for delicious street food and goodies!
In addition, many of the larger lantern displays at the 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival feature technology mixed with stunning artistry. For example, one lantern features personalized learning technology, natural and artificial light sensors, and digital control. Another lantern features technology that kills 99.9% of germs! That is pretty helpful when you are at a sky lantern festival surrounded by thousands of people!
#3. The PingXi Sky Lantern Festival Is Unique And Done In Conjunction With The Main Country-wide Taiwan Lantern Festival
The PingXi Sky Lantern Festival is celebrated in the smaller village of Ping Xi and is the place to be if you want to head to a sky lantern festival. Unlike the larger Taiwan Lantern Festival and its 2018 focus on fantastic technology and large lanterns, the PingXi Sky Lantern Festival is famous for its sky lantern release. If you want to see thousands of floating lanterns released all at one time, then PingXi Sky Lantern Festival needs to be on your bucket list!
#4. Head To The Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks Festival If You Prefer Fireworks Over Floating Lanterns
If you think Walt Disney World or New York City has a good firework show, then you have never been to the Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks Festival during the Taiwan Lantern Festival! The Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks Festival is ranked the third largest celebration in the world and is quite unique and memorable! If you love seeing things blow up, this is the part of the 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival you will not want to miss!
During the Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks Festival, hundreds of thousands of fireworks are all set off at the same time! The noise is so loud, it mimicks millions of bees swarming from their hive! People believe that “baptism by fireworks” is a way to cleanse them of calamity and troubles and a way to bring good luck into the new lunar year! The Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks Festival is in the south of Taiwan and the PingXi Lantern Festival is celebrated in the north of the country.
#5. 2018 Is The Year Of The Dog And The Taiwan Lantern Festival Will Pay Homage
Each year at the Taiwan Lantern Festival, people pay homage to the zodiac of the year. The zodiac sign for the 2018 lunar year is the dog! If you have a special connection with dogs or with this zodiac symbol, visiting the Taiwan Lantern Festival in 2018 may be of even more significance to you! There will be a large main lantern that is focused on “The Year Of The Dog” at the Taiwan Lantern Festival and it is sure to attract thousands of visitors throughout the event.
In addition to the centerpiece dog lantern, the lantern festival in Taiwan will also feature internationally acclaimed water and light shows that are sure to wow visitors from near and far!
If you have always wanted to celebrate the lunar new year in Asia, the Taiwan Lantern Festival is the perfect reason to make the trip! March in Taiwan is beautiful and you are sure to have a trip to remember as the Taiwan Lantern Festival is slated to be better than ever in 2018!
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