Taiwan lights up to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, from February 22 – March 6 this year. Taiwan Lantern Festival’s celebrations include the parade of gigantic turtle effigies in Penghu, the release of the beautiful sky lanterns in the Pingxi District and the display of lanterns in Taoyuan.

Taiwan Lantern Festival

2010 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Chiayi. Photo: Albert via Flickr

2010 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Chiayi. Photo: Albert via Flickr

In Pingxi, a remote mountain town situated an hour from Taipei, the Sky Lantern Festival sees a blaze of lanterns released into the sky. Get your lantern, write your wishes on it and let it float.

Pingxi Taiwan Lantern Festival

Pingxi. Photo: Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Taoyuan is the highlight as it will host a “Fairytale Kingdom Lantern Area” and a 500-plus-meter long ‘Taoyuan Story Lantern Corridor’. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in style here with its quirky theme: “Golden Monkey Offering Peaches.” Aside from the traditional Chinese zodiac animals, the lanterns will also reflect the different culture and customs of local villages from all over Taiwan.

Taiwan Lantern Festival 2015. Main Theme Lantern - Lucky Ram.

2015. Main Theme Lantern – Lucky Ram. Photo: Mk2010 via Wikimedia Commons

Expect light shows and fireworks at this spectacular display! The lantern festival, held on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, is a special occasion for families (rice dumplings are shared) as they gather to celebrate.

Taiwan Lantern Festival 2013. Photo: Mark Kao via Flickr

2013. Photo: Mark Kao via Flickr

Instead of a big city, the true spirit of the celebrations can be observed in smaller towns like Pingxi. The festive atmosphere, red lanterns, mouth-watering street food, folk performances and fireworks make this a memorable event to witness.

Taiwan Lantern Festival 2012. Jerry Lai via Flickr

2012. Jerry Lai via Flickr

Don’t forget to send us your photos of the lanterns from the Taiwan Lantern Festival! May the year bring you luck.