TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taitung City Office will hold a Lantern Festival night party at Taitung Seashore Park on Feb. 23, presenting to people in the city a different way of celebrating the Lantern Festival, according to a news release on Feb. 14.
The firework party, which is set to take place at 6:30 p.m., will feature many performances in addition to the firework display.
The highlight of the night party will be “Bombing Master Handan” (炸寒單), Taitung’s traditional and most unique Lantern Festival ritual.
The ritual features half-naked men standing on a palanquin as firecrackers are tossed at them. The practice is believed to bring prosperity and fortune in the coming year.
The city office has also invited Sibongie African Drumming and Dancing Crew, the Le-Yun dance group, East Music & Dance Group, singer Oliva Tsao, the band of Air Force's 7th Fighter Training Squadron, and other groups to perform at the party.
(Photo courtesy of Taitung City Office)