New Taipei adds international flavor to century-old harbor cleansing festival

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-02-01
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

Devotees are seen taking the local deities and making a running 6732719charge off the harbor dock in last year’s Yehliu Cleansing of the Harbor Festival.

The century-old Yehliu Cleansing of the Harbor Festival, a three-day event to kick off Feb. 20 (Jan. 13 in the lunar calendar), will have an international flavor this year as more foreigners have registered to participate in its Feb. 21 “sea jumping” activity. The festival will take place at Yehliu’s Baoan Temple, Wanli District, New Taipei City.

The annual ritual sees believers jump into the sea to cleanse themselves of bad luck and get blessing from local deities.     [FULL  STORY]

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