Zihnan Temple draws 70,000 visitors, politicians distribute red envelopes

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 26, 2020

By: Liu Pin-chuan and Dennis Xie  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Zihnan Temple (紫南宮), a famous temple to the Earth God (土地公) in Nantou County’s

Photo: Liu Pin-chuan, Taipei Times

Jhushan Township (竹山), drew nearly 70,000 worshipers yesterday — the first day of the Year of the Rat — to pray for prosperity.

The first in line for a “mother coin” (錢母) — which is believed to attract wealth and bring in more money throughout the year — distributed by the temple was an 81-year-old man surnamed Liao (廖), who said he had been waiting in line for five days.

The first 2,000 people in line received a “mother coin” and were eligible to take part in a lottery, with prizes ranging from NT$600 to NT$4,800 in cash, a golden ring, a “mother coin” set and a gold ingot, temple management committee director Chuang Chiu-an (莊秋安) said.

A local resident, surnamed Lo (羅), won the golden ingot, valued at NT$12,000.

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