Da­jia Mazu pro­ces­sion, pil­grims ar­rive in Xin­gang, Chi­ayi County

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

CNA

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.

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