Huge crowds flocked to see the kickoff of the Taipei Lantern Festival on February 4 in the Ximending area
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei (Taiwan News) — The 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival (元宵節) kicked off at 6:00 pm on February 4
along Zhonghua Road between Ximen and Beimen MRT stations and Total Taipei posted the following photos of the first night of the festival.
The theme of this year’s Lantern Festival is “West Side Story, Taipei Glory,” and it will be held until February 17.
Crowd at Ximending to celebrate the opening night of Taipei Lantern Festival
Crowd at Ximending to celebrate the opening night of Taipei Lantern Festival (Photo by Total Taipei)
The opening night attracted throngs of people to the crowded Ximending area, which became much more crowded than usual.
The Lantern Festival was first held in Taipei in 1990 as the national Lantern Festival until 2001, when the government decided to hold the national event in different towns. This year’s national Lantern Festival will be held in Yunlin. [FULL STORY]