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Lantern Festival: 28 of February - 15 of March, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan

Lantern Festival is a traditional event celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. The festival is also the night of bright Full Moon and usually referred to the "second New Year" as it is widely celebrated by families all around Taiwan, and especially its capital - Taipei. During the night a wide range of colorful lanterns depicting birds, beasts or historical scenes are hung out for appreciation all around the town and are carried by children or adorn temples. This year the cultural event will be taking place between the 28th of February and 15th of March, 2010.

The very first Taipei Lantern Festival was held in 1990, at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Plaza. Due to the event's overwhelming popularity and its potential, the festival has been expanded every year. There are many activities all over Taiwan during Taiwan Lantern Festival. Many local artists are presenting displays and demonstrations of traditional handicrafts central squares. In addition, many dance, acrobatic acts and mock battles shows will be entertaining the crowds in the afternoons of the festival. The night sky on Lantern Festival is also presenting a wonderful experience, as it is traditionally illuminated by the firework displays.

Each year, this festival showcases a new theme based on the zodiac animal of the year. This year is a time of the Tiger. Therefore, the main theme lantern will come in the likeness of a tiger illuminated by an elaborate lasers and music displays. In addition to firework shows and appreciating lanterns, the annual festival is also celebrated by eating tangyuan - rice dumplings with sweet or savory stuffing. It is an important custom symbolizing family unity and indispensable to the day's festivities.

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