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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival

February 11, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

In sharp contrast to the peaceful scenes at Pingxi, the old community of Yanshui in southern Taiwan, offers a completely different type of celebration during the Lantern Festival.

The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is said to be the third-largest folk celebration in the world, and is one of the most representative religious events in all of Taiwan. Hundreds of thousands of tiny rockets are ignited during the event, going off in all directions. Many revelers come for the thrill of standing right in the line of fire, wearing full-face motorcycle helmets and thick coats for protection, the coats often suffering serious singeing by the time the last rocket has been fired. Locals believe that this inferno-like spectacle helps protect the area from calamity and other troubles and brings good fortune in the year to come.

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