By TTNews Reporter Liao, You-Sheng
TAITUNG, TAIWAN (TTNews) – The most popular local event held in the eastern Taiwan during the Lantern Festival is the Blessing Pilgrim Procession, which is also considered to be most prominent part of large-scale folk festivals. An array of parades hosted by different temples will be performed in Taitung City the entire time with drums, gongs and electronic instruments playing aloud the whole time, attracting crowds to immerse in such vigorous and exciting atmosphere and to celebrate the advent of the Lantern Festival.
During the procession, when each folk performing group and martial troupe pass by a temple, the teams will enter into the temple to pay tribute to the divinities; hence, this kind of tribute is also known as “worship”. The meaning of worship is relating to the way of greeting between people; nevertheless, in this case, it is referring to between divinities. During the process of paying tribute, the clergies will present their most respectful and courteous manner by following the traditions of folk culture.
Moreover, brilliant folk performances such as battle-steps, folk costumes and dramatic make-ups are worthwhile to watch for duration of the Lantern Festival events. The folk and ancient rituals are worth checking out as well, watching how these performers to carry on Taiwan’s traditional folk culture.