This year’s handheld lanterns were also unveiled on Jan. 3
TAIPEI (Taiwan Today) — The main and handheld lanterns for the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival were unveiled by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Jan. 3 in Taipei City.
Spotlighting the prominence of the fishing industry in the festival’s host county of Pingtung in southern Taiwan, the 16-meter-tall centerpiece depicts a bluefin tuna jumping out of the sea. The main lantern will be the center of a dazzling evening light and sound show staged every 30 minutes throughout the Feb. 19 to March 3 event.
The centerpiece is set to be erected offshore at the main exhibition site in Dapeng Bay. Boat services will allow visitors to get a close-up look at the lantern and view the evening light spectacle from the water.
This year’s handheld lanterns symbolize the upcoming Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac and come in blue, red and yellow varieties. About 80,000 of the paper items will be distributed at Dapeng, according to the Tourism Bureau. [FULL STORY]