By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The fire authority of Tainan, a coastal city in southwestern Taiwan, on Tuesday urged
tourists who plan to come to experience the notoriously dangerous “beehive fireworks” in Yanshui District on Feb. 11, the day of the traditional Lantern Festival, to wrap themselves up to avoid getting injured.
The “Yanshui Beehive Fireworks” is ranked as the third largest folk celebration in the world and is one of the most representative religious events in all of Taiwan, according to a report describing the event on the website of Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau. The event is so named because after an ignition hundreds of thousands of firecrackers all go off at the same time, creating a cacophony like hundreds of thousands of bees streaming out of their hives.
The ear-splitting power of these rockets and the excitement that comes in their wake attract crowds of tourists from both Taiwan and abroad to the event, which is paired with the “Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” in northern Taiwan, the report states.