By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
On Sunday night (April 17), the palanquin holding the three statues of Matsu, the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, will return to their home temple, the Jenn Lann Temple, in Dajia District, Taichung City after completing a nine-day walking tour.
The 340-kilometer journey covers 21 townships and stops over at more than 100 temples in central Taiwan.
The tradition of the pilgrimage tour is hailed as one of the world’s three largest religious activities and included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
As the palanquin, carried on bearers’ shoulders, left the Chaoxing Temple in Qingshui District, Taichung City early Sunday morning, firecrackers began to pop, and the sound seemed deafening in the morning. [FULL STORY]