Yun-Lin Zhao-An Hakka Festival

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Brief Introduction

* Organizer: Yunlin County Government
* Activity Schedule: Sept. 7 ~ Oct. 7, 2019  
* Location: Lunbei Township Library Parking Lot and downtown Lunbei; the Zhao’an Hakka villages in Lunbei, Erlun and Xiluo; Zhao’an Hakka Cultural Center; Shengkeng Guanyin Temple, Erlun Township; Erlun Sports Park; Laihui Elementary School, Erlun Township; Laihui Activity Center, Erlun Township; Xuguang Elementary School, Erlun Township; Gangwei Community, Qikan; Erlun Story House; Yanping Old Street Cultural Center, Xiluo; Chongyuan Hall (in Futian Neighborhood, Xiluo)
* Activity Background: Early Zhao’an people were from Zhao’an County of Zhangzhou Prefecture in Fujian Province, China 300 years ago across the Taiwan Strait. A few years ago, to pass down tradition while preserving culture, their descendants initiated Yunlin Hakka festival. Celebrations are now held in three Zhao’an townships from north to south annually, featuring traditional Zhao’an lifestyle and cultural innovations. 
* Our goals: Lunbei, Erlun and Xiluo are the most densely populated places of Hakka Zhao’an in Taiwan. The people there still speak Hakka with a unique accent, and they retain folk customs, martial arts, and traditional food extensively. Unlike the Hakka people in Liudui of Pingtung and Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli, Zhao’an people are truly different. For instance, in early days when they were settling down in Yunlin, to defend their homes against robbers and thieves, they would stay up all night, holding torches in their hands. The practice is called “Gu Geng,” meaning “staying awake after midnight hours.” These days, people no long need to do this. The practice has turned into an interesting tradition for the Mid-moon Festival, “nighttime reception.” The locals love recalling their shared memory of the old practice.
* Transportation: Public transport:
Huwei Station à Shuttle bus to Mailiao à Get off at Lunbei Ring à Walk to Zhengyi Road (to Lunbei Police Station) à Turn left for Minquan Road à Turn right for Minsheng Road (Yunlin County Road 15)
* Nearby Scenic Spots: *(Please click it. Let’s find something fun and try some delicious food in this area!)

Number of Visitors:01882027


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