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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
Publish Date:2019-08-02

Number of Visitors:01761853

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