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08 02

Flamboyant 2019 Hsinchu Hakka Yimin Festival to kick off in Hsinchu County soon

The annual Hsinchu Hakka Yimin Festival will take place again soon, and its rites and rituals will be held across Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, and Taoyuan City. On July 21, following "reception of Yimin," a month-long rice dedication ceremony will take place. The other traditional events will be held from August 18 to 20 (that is, July 18 to 20 in the lunar calendar). Lamp poles will be set on the 18, lanterns will be distributed on water on the 19th, and a major blessing ceremony will be held on the 20th. This is the 231st year the festival is being held. To spread Yimin culture, all of the side events will aim to bring out the solemnity of folk rituals. Other than passing down ceremonial traditions, the organizer will promote relevant education programs and Hakka culture. Story-telling campus tours, lectures on Yimin culture, and "Night of Yimin – A Famous Hakka Story" will all be held to spread the spirit of Yimin and Hakka traditions. 〔Yimin Tours〕 Visitors young and old are cordially invited to explore Hsinchu through the one-day "Yimin Tours." The participants can expect to learn much more about the Yimin fest, visit Hsinpu as a Hakka town developed in the 18th Century, and appreciate Japanese colonial architecture on century-old streets and lanes. Hsinpu is mainly dwelled by Hakka people, and today it still has many fine Hakka houses. As a local saying goes, "in three streets, six lanes, one can find 9 family residences." The participants will depart from Taipei Main Station and visit The Liu's Residence, a county government-classified historic site in Hsinpu, and the town's visitor center. They are encouraged to explore the town's history and culture in the morning. At noon, a small tour of Hsinpu Old Street will be held. There, the participants can try some authentic Hakka food. In the afternoon, a unique persimmon-dye DIY class will be offered, followed by distribution of water lanterns – a highlight of the festival. The tours will be held on August 19 and registration is available from now at the following page: https://www.hchcc.gov.tw/ch/01news/new_02_main.asp?bull_id=22302 80 participants are in total are accepted for two tours only. The seats are limited so register soon! The Yimin Festival Tour hotline is: 02-87939611. 〔Night of Yimin: A Famous Hakka Story〕 The Priest Who Catches a Demon Performers: Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe Time: 19:00-21:30, Tuesday, August 20 Location: Renai Parking Lot by Zhongxing Riverbank, Zhudong

05 29

Kaohsiung Hakka Wedding invites couples to walk a red carpet in blue Hakka gowns

Registration for Kaohsiung Hakka Wedding, listed as one of the 12 most important Hakka festivals for year 2019 in Taiwan, starts now. In conjunction with the city government's "romance industry chain" policy, the Council for Hakka Affairs will invite 50 couples to take a "train for happiness and love" towards a beautiful life. Kaohsiung Hakka Wedding will be held on November 2, 2019 at New Hakka Culture Park. Dressed in blue Hakka garments by local designer, the brides and grooms will perform traditional rites such as hanging up lanterns, drinking bridal tea, and putting on head ornaments. This is going to be a unique wedding combining old Hakka rites and modern aesthetics, and the brides and grooms are surely going to bring home indelible, sweet memory. Each couple will receive coupons worth NT$10,000, a beautiful marriage certificate, a disk containing wedding videos, and a special price for Hakka wedding banquets. In its 7th year, Kaohsiung Hakka Wedding is listed as one of the 12 most important Hakka festivals. A total of 180 couples have tied their knots through the event. From now until July 15, registration is open. Regardless of region, ethnicity, and gender, would-be brides and grooms interested in Hakka culture are encouraged to take part. Please make sure to register soon, because the wedding is getting more popular by the year. For more information, please visit Kaohsiung City Government's Council for Hakka Affairs at: https://reurl.cc/87K54.

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