Lantern Festival, Taipei
Sky Lantern is a traditional activity in Pingxi area, Shifen being one of the most famous locations for tourists. Many believe that writing wishes on a lantern and release it to the sky will bring hopeful wishes! First, you need to buy a lantern in one of the shops in town. It costs NT$100 for a white lantern, and NT$150 for multicolor lantern. Then, they will hang the lantern on a pole so you can write your wishes there. When you are ready, they will help you to light the lantern and ready to release to the sky. Of course, taking a good photo for good memory is a must!
It is a great experience to release sky lanterns in Shifen... Not to miss!
In Launar calender, January 15th is the day Lantern Festival, which means the end of New Year traditionally. The Taipei City Government holds festival of lanterns during this days. It's also one of the most attractive carnival Taipei. This year is the year of monkey. So most of the lanterns here are designed to be monkey.
But it ended in 15th FEB for this time, please wait for 2005.
As for myself, I was born in mouse year.
Taipei Lantern Festival: During Jan 12 to 16 (Lunar New Year) is Chinese Lantern Festival. Usually Feb in solar calendar.
You can see hundreds of lanterns around CKS Memorial Hall. At the center of this place is the Main Lantern, with colorful lazer beam.
Lantern festival is one of the old Chinese tradition for long long time. Don't miss it if you are travelling during Chinese New Year.