Dajia Mazu procession, pilgrims arrive in Xingang, Chiayi County
The Singang (Xingang) Township Office ( ) yesterday conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly designed “Prosperity Mazu” lantern that was released in celebration of the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage Procession to Xingang Township in Chiayi County.
The lantern was designed by students of Nanhua University’s ( ) Department of Cultural & Creative Enterprise Management (
). After their success in building a Mazu statue of building blocks for last year’s pilgrimage proces- sion, the school was once again tasked with creating the lantern statue of the deity this year.
According to the university, Xingang’s Feng Tian Temple has always been designated as the final destination of the annual Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage Procession. As such, the university is honored to be able to be a part of celebrating the event, and to aid in promoting traditional culture and art.
The lantern will be displayed from today until April 22, in conjunction with the duration of stay of the deities’ Dajia envoy.
During an interview,
the lantern’s designer Chiu Yu-ting ( ) said that the reason she has decided to name the lantern the Prosperity Mazu is to remind people of the prosperity and value of their lives everyday.
The entirety of the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage Procession will last nine days and eight nights this year.
The annual celebration has established itself as such an important part of cultural heritage that Vice President Wu Den-yih (
) was part the group that carried the deity’s palanquin this year when the celebration took off.
The “Prosperity Mazu” lantern is displayed outside of the Singang (Xingang) Township Office, yesterday. The lantern was designed in celebration of the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage Procession to Xingang Township in Chiayi County.