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Posts tagged “festival

Xigang Baotian Gong Temple Festival

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang
Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang — 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將, Baotian Gong, Temple Renewal, Xigang District, Tainan, Taiwan

On September 19th (this year’s moon festival) Xigang’s newly built Baotian Gong was opened. I spent the day photographing the festivities… Read more at the Taiwan Photographer (more…)


Bombing Handan 炸寒單

Bombing Handan (炸寒單) is an important folk event held annually in Taidung during Taiwan’s Yuanxiao festival (元宵節) Read more about Bombing Handan

Bombing Handan Festival, Taidung, Taiwan

Bombing Handan Festival, Taidung, Taiwan


39 Hours or Tainan Film Contestival, Tainan City, Taiwan
39 Hours or Tainan Film Contestival, Tainan City, Taiwan

39 Hours or Tainan Film Contestival, Tainan City, Taiwan

Taiwan Culture Portal – 03 July 2012

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival in Action Asia

Yanshui Fireworks Festival

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Yanshui Fireworks Festival

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Ba jia jiang, General Gan

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Ba jia jiang, General Gan

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General Sun

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Girl playing Zither

A zither(古箏) player — zitherist? — at Confucius Ceremony, Cishan.


Yanshui — In the Beehive.

A barrage of firecrackers and bottle rockets blast participants at the annual Yanshui beehive fireworks festival in Yen Shui Village, Tainan, Taiwan

It’s about the time of year when people are looking for photos of Tainan’s Annual Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival. It is one of my favorite festivals and I’ve (more…)


Jinluan (金鑾) Temple Festival — 3

Palanquin bearing the second Mazu. These bearers were beautiful, but — before the man on the right broke into a smile — a touch intimidating as well. I shot this with an old nikkor 24mm f2 lens so I was pretty close, down at their feet, and I asked if I could take the picture. The man on the left pretty much ignored me after a slight nod but the man on the right broke into a smile, completely transforming his face. It wasn’t the photo I had envisioned but I really like it.


Jinluan (金鑾) Temple Festival — 3

Here a smaller ‘divination’ chair is in the ocean. These chairs may be likened to ‘ouija’ boards in that the operators just hold the chair aloft and the god who has come to sit in the chair controls the bearers. This particular god was running around the beach and spent a lot of time in the water. I believe it may be one of the  ‘Wu Nian Qian Sui’ (伍年千歲) gods, but it looks like Zhang Tian Shi (張 天 師) with its pointy black ears, black face and long black beard.