600,000 visitors watch opening of Taiwan Lantern Festival

Over 600,000 visitors attended opening night of Taiwan Lantern Festival

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/02/20
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo by Pingtung County Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 600,000 visitors attended the opening night of the Taiwan Lantern Festival in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County yesterday evening (Feb. 19).

At 7 p.m. last night, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) presided over the opening ceremonies of the festival, which included spectacular light performances on land, sea, and air. According to statistics from the Pingtung County Government, over 600,000 visitors attended the opening night of the festival.

Last night’s opening ceremony was timed to coincide with the traditional date of the Lantern Festival, which is the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar. This year’s festival, which is in its 30th year, is taking place in three zones in Pingtung County, including Dapeng Bay, Pingtung, and Donggang.

The opening ceremony included a flyover by a formation of five Taiwan-built IDF jet fighters from the Air Force First Tactical Fighter Wing. Performances held during the opening ceremony included fireworks, water dance light shows, a performance on the sea by French dance troupe Ilotopie, and songs by Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) Bobby Chen (陳昇).    [FULL  STORY]

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