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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.

05 14

2019 Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Culture Festival

The Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Culture Festival has been listed as one of the 12 Hakka festivals by the Hakka Affairs Council for three consecutive years. This year, the festival will be held by seven government agencies under Taichung City Government. A variety of events will be held to promote Lord Luban’s spirit, improve vocational education, boost local economy, and reserve traditional culture. The city government aims to make the festival a national-level event, while turning Taichung into a city of artisans and fine crafts. The Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Culture Festival events are as follows: May 11-26: Dongshi Hakka Cultural Park – traditional handicrafts-making show May 18 & 19: Taichung City Government Building Square on Taiwan Avenue – 2019 Ciao Sheng Sian Shih / Lord Luban Awards Selection & Award Ceremony for Facilitating Employment May 24: Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Temple in Dongshi – Lord Luban birthday celebrations May 25: Wenchang Temple & Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Temple in Dongshi - Ciao Sheng Sian Shih round-the-town blessing parade May 25 & 26: Dongshi Hakka Cultural Park – Hakka arts and cultural shows May 26: Ciao Sheng Sian Shih Temple – Lord Luban's 2,526th birthday ceremony May 30: Taichung Municipal Dongshih Industrial High School – When Luban Meets STEAM: Let's Make Things Together! Student Competition June 15 & 16: Dongshi Hakka Cultural Park – 2019 Luban Creative Design Festival & wood-industry promotional events

04 08

The 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival invites all to appreciate Tung flowers, try local food, and enjoy people's hospitality

Flowers, Food & Hospitality: Organized by 14 local governments, 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival invites all to visit Hakka villages and be pampered by people's generosity In the spring, the young green sprouts popping up from Tung trees in the mountains always mark the arrival of the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival. This year, the festival will kick off in early April and go on until May 19. Taking the theme of “Grateful to the Sky – Let’s Protect Our Most Attractive Mountain Towns Together,” the festival is jointly organized by 14 Hakka local governments. The side events will be aimed at “appreciating Tung flowers, serving honest food, and treating visitor with hospitality.” An opening ceremony will be held on Saturday April 13 in New Era Art Resort & Spa of Puli, Nantou. A Hakka Affairs Council officer noted that Tung trees were seen as economic crops in the past, although by now their economic value has gone. Nevertheless, the Tung forests, still alive and thriving today, bear witness to Hakka villages’ industry evolvement. In fact, the HAC always expresses gratitude to the Sky and the Earth, as well as the early settlers who built the Hakka towns and villages. The Council encourages all Hakka people to remember their roots while bringing in something new. [Hakka Hospitality] Arts and cultural performances and hundreds of Tung-flower shops with special offers An opening ceremony held for the 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival will be held on April 13 at New Era Art Resort & Spa in Puli, Nantou. Winning singers of the Golden Melody Awards such as Lin Sheng Xiang, Liu Shaoxi, and Huang Peishu, as well as Hui Fong Dance Studio and B-Max, will all dedicate a few songs. In reception of visitors, at Puli Terminal of Nantou, shuttle buses will be available for all to use. Also, memorial mugs will be distributed upon presentation of gift coupons on site. On the following two weekends, in Miaoli and Hsinchu, large music concerts will be held, featuring international musician Matthew Lien, pianist Rueibin Chen, Hakka performing artist Yang Shih-hao who stood out at Asia's Got Talents, and Hakka winners of Golden Melody Awards such as Ayugo Huang, Chen Yung-tao, and Yen Chi-wen. Festival goers can expect to enjoy a refreshing show full of all kinds of arts and cultural elements! Visitors are advised to take a walk at flowering sites in the morning and visit Hakka villages in the afternoon to learn about Hakka culture. This year, a hundred shops in the 14 participating counties and cities will provide special offers. Visitors can find these shops according to the festival marks posted on the windows of the shops. In the blooming month of April, all are cordially invited to visit the Hakka villages for a journey that enriches one’s body and soul. [Tung Flowers] Raknus Selu Trail joins the festival for the first time For the first time, Raknus Selu Trail on Provincial Highway 3 is chosen for the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival. The manually refurbished Dunan Old Train in Guanxi of Hsinchu and 14 trails scheduled for maintenance such as Daniuqi Old Trail of Taoyuan, Shuguang Old Trail of Hsinchu, and Tonggui Hiking Trail of Miaoli are also included in the festival organizer’s recommended itineraries. Comprehensive tourist info can be found at the festival website in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. A flower-appreciation booklet in Chinese, English and Japanese is available for downloads. To provide visitors with first-hand flower info, 182 volunteers will update the flower status at the festival website’s “Flower Updates” section. Working with the Central Weather Bureau, the day’s weather, temperature, and precipitation will also be shown. This shall enable all visitors to grasp the best timing for appreciating Tung blossoms. The festival now has an Instagram account, sharing beautiful flower images. An activity entitled “Let’s Share Flower Info” is also going on, and visitors are encouraged to send Tung flower images with hashtags of the activity title and the cities or towns where the photos are taken (such as # Let’s Share Flower Info # Miaoli). The photos might then be chosen for the much visited Hakka Tung Blossom Festival website, and event get posted on the festival’s Facebook page and IG. All visitors are encouraged to use #Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, #Tung blossom festival, and @ hakkatung. Let your beautiful flower photos be seen by more and make them jealous of your unique and wonderful journey! [Honest Food] Slow food, farmers’ markets, community food, and Tung flower lunchboxes This year, for the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, Hakka Affairs Council invites all to visit Hakka villages and explore local farms. Hakka slow-food markets and farmers’ markets will be held in Puli of Nantou, Shitan of Miaoli, and Guanxi of Hsinchu. HAC encourages all to lead a healthy life by eating seasonal local food. Would you care for some real Hakka food made by Hakka moms? During the flower festival, Guanxi Academy in Hsinchu will serve Hakka village cuisine. Group reservations are accepted. Gourmands can find both tradition and creativity in the food, such as salty Hakka rice balls and Chinese mesona jelly. Visitors from all parts of the country can expect to enjoy delicious meals made with fresh seasonal ingredients. From farm to table, let’s enjoy the culinary charm of the countryside together! The Hakka Affairs Council has especially invited renowned Hakka chef Chiu Pao-lang to design two Tung-flower lunchboxes (one is vegetarian), using locally produced farm produce such as the green bamboo shoots of Shitan in Miaoli, the jujubes of Gongguan in Miaoli, and the Chinese mushrooms and water bamboo shoots of Puli in Nantou. The lunchboxes are made by local contractors and each box is NT$120, sold on a limited offer at Taiwan Hakka Museum. This is a rare chance to try authentic Hakka food so don’t miss it! For more info about the 2019 festival, special offers, and flower status, please visit Hakka Tung Blossom Festival or Romantic Hakka.

03 18

Vice president and HAC minister attend opening ceremony of Liudui Sports Game

Sports players of the 12 townships and districts of Liudui across Kaohsiung and Pingtung gathered up at Pingtung County Neipu Junior High School in the morning today (16th). Having been trained for a long while, the players are to compete against one another at the two-day 2019 54th Liudui Sports Game. Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-de, who is from Liudui, expressed his sincerest wishes for the event, hoping to see that it becomes better and better each year and held continuously throughout generations, as this will help to pass down Hakka culture. Vice president Chen Chien-jen also attended the occasion on behalf of president Tsai Ying-wen. Serving a ball together, He and Lee announced the start of the game. At the opening ceremony held in Neipu Junior High School, high-ranking HAC officials and staffers first entered the site. They were followed by sports players who showed off the farm produce and specialties of their towns in parade teams. This year’s organizer, Neipu Township Office, has especially arranged a 23-member Harley-Davidson motorcycle team led by magistrate Chung Ching-chen. As a relay torch was lit and a Liudui flag was set, the attendants were all thrilled. Other than the sports game and a farmers’ market, “Night of Liudui Hakka Music” will be held. Famous local Hakka bands, such as San Geou Tai Youngsters’ Band and Sheng-Xiang & Band, will dedicate a few songs. In this warm season when flowers bloom, the organizer cordially invites all to join Liudui Sports Game. Other than all kinds of exciting games, visitors are free to try Liudui food and appreciate Hakka countryside. Liudui Sports Game is definitely worth a visit.