Taichung or­ga­niz­ing fes­ti­val to high­light lo­cal Mazu cul­ture

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taichung is ar­rang­ing a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a paint­ing con­test and a se­ries of bus tours, to high­light the im­por­tant place that the sea god­dess Mazu oc­cu­pies in the lo­cal cul­ture, ac­cord­ing to the city’s Cul­tural Af­fairs Bureau (CAB).

The bus tours will take peo­ple to see the 12 tem­ples around the city — all of which are more than 100 years old — de­voted to the sea god­dess.

The tem­ple tours run from April 25 till May 24, with buses ar­ranged for Satur­days and Sun­days dur­ing the pe­riod, the CAB said.

There is a quota of a to­tal 1,000 pas­sen­gers for the bus tours, and ap­pli­ca­tions for the trips, which start on April 15 and ends on April 17, can be made by phone or on­line.

Peo­ple are also en­cour­aged to ex­press the beauty of the Mazu tem­ples and the re­li­gious cul­ture in wa­ter­color works, and sub­mit them to a con­test. En­tries are ac­cepted from June 8 to 22.

There are a to­tal of six age groups in the con­test. The first prize for the col­lege stu­dent and adult group is NT$ 80,000 in cash, and the works of the topthree win­ners in this group will be­come part of the CAB’s art col­lec­tions.

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