Kinmen Lantern Festival features Monkey King

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/19
By: Amy Huang and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) The theme lantern of the Kinmen County Lantern 201602190026t0001Festival this year was unveiled Thursday, featuring the Monkey King from the Chinese classic “Journey to the West.”

Lu Kun-ho ( 呂坤和), director of Kinmen County’s Cultural Affairs Bureau, said the lantern was inspired by this year being the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese zodiac.

The lantern, which stands at 4.2 meters high and 4 meters wide, displayed the famous character in the Chinese classic in a high-tech aura with bright lights.

What was notable about the star lantern is how it also incorporated the distinctive landscape of Kinmen, depicting the Monkey King Sun Wukong stepping on a famous monument in the outlying island with the Chinese characters “Don’t forget the humiliation in times of peace and recover our lost land.” The phrase was written by Taiwan’s late president Chiang Kai-shek in 1952.     [SOURCE]

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