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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Lantern Festival 元宵節

The Kaminoge family went to see the 2010 edition of the Lantern Festival in T'aichung 台中 on Saturday evening. Here's a view of the streets of the big city on our way to the festival site:

Because this is the Year of the Tiger 寅, and tigers are one of the world's most endangered species, the festival organizers decided to draw attention to the great felines' dire situation by having all the displays of lanterns incorporate a tiger theme...not.

No, because this is the Year of the Tiger, the main motif was that traditional tiger character from the legends of Chinese history, Tigger. Amber, however, insisted on having her picture taken in front of Piglet:

For my wife, the primary point of interest wasn't what could dazzle her eyes, but what could fill her stomach. For her, the highlight was the walk through the many food stands, seeing, smelling and tasting what was for sale. 屋台 and people everywhere you turn.

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