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2016 Taichung Mazu International Festival

Words by Taichung City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau
Translated by Anna Yang

This grand festival is a nationwide traditional religious cultural activity that takes places each year in the third lunar month. Tens of thousands of local and foreign, young and old, followers of the goddess Mazu will take place in the celebrations and rituals of the Mazu pilgrimage in one of Taiwan's most memorable and memorable religious events.

The Dajia Mazu's setting-out parade will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and return home to the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple on Sunday, April 17. As part of these festivities, Taichung City Government has invited the New Yi-fang Taiwanese Opera Troupe and Ming-chu Girls' Taiwanese Opera Troupe to perform at the intersection of Dajia town's Jianggong and Yude roads on April 4 and 6 at 7 p.m. with a "setting-out drama" designed to commemorate Mazu's birthday.

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Left: Goddess Jiu Chuan Ma of Hsinshe Township arranged the New Yi-fang Taiwanese Opera Troupe for a performance of "The Three Blessed Scholars".
Medium: The grand ceremony at Dajia Jenn Lann Temple invited foreign participants to learn more about Mazu culture and the Chinese language.
Right: Dachuan Hao Temple invited The Jazz Color Band to perform familiar songs at the Lantern Festival party.

On the same evening that the pilgrimage sets out, there will be additional performances by a wide variety of invited groups at the grandstands in between Dajia's Jingguo and Zhongshan roads, starting from 6 p.m. Performers includes the local Yang-Yue Taokas Wind Orchestra and Drum Clubs, New Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Arts Troupe, and Taiwan Classical Music Chamber Orchestra, all promising to delight all who are present on this event-filled evening.
Taichung City Government invites all to join a series of activities planned for this celebration. Performances will take place at the Taichung Lecheng Temple on April 10, Wuxi's Chaoyuan Temple on April 17 and Taichung Wanchun Temple on April 21. For more details and information about these events, please check the Culture Bureau website at: http://www.culture.taichung.gov.tw/

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Left: A Lantern Festival celebration with crowd at Nantun Wanhe Temple.
Right: Nantun Wanhe Temple invited Yuhsin Dancing Group for an exciting performance at the Lantern Festival party.

This advertisement is provided by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government.

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