2019 Taoyuan Lantern Festival Flying energetic pig hand-held lanterns
Taoyuan Lantern Festival will take place from February 12th to 24th featuring four fairy tale themed lantern areas
The highly praised Taoyuan Lantern Festival will be returning to Nankan River from February 12th to 24th this year. Under a fairy tale theme, the 2019 festival features over 40 characteristic lantern exhibits inspired by renowned stories like Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, The Wizard of Oz, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, etc.
Themed “Taoyuan City of Happiness”, the main lantern in Sanmin Area comprises the image of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp and public facilities including Nankan River Impression Bridge and Taoyuan Public Library. The design symbolizes Taoyuan’s prosperous development. The giant robot and the Wizard of Oz theme in Guishan Area promote Taoyuan as an AI smart city. Shueibiantou Area nearby the arts district is turned into a jolly music town that features The Nutcracker and dancing elves. As for Luzhu Area, the main lantern is Alice and a giant pink peach blossom forest, a fairy tale scene to compliment the renowned flowers in Luzhu
Flying energetic pig hand-held lanterns will be given away free in limited numbers during the festival
In welcoming the year of the pig, the hand-held lantern of Taoyuan Lantern Festival this year is named the “flying energetic pig”. It has a pair of cloud-patterned wings that flop when the hanging strings are pulled. The flopping symbolizes the realization of dreams. Its pink ears are inspired by peaches. The pig’s body is adorned with aboriginal totems and blooming flower prints that echo Taoyuan’s beautiful natural scenery. The lantern can also be held upward, adding more fun to the lantern-holding tradition. The flying energetic pig lanterns will be given away at each of the four theme areas on February 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th starting at 5 p.m.. (A limited number of 2,000 lanterns will be handed out each day in each area.)