Annual World-Famous Folk Event

Every year, on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar, all of Taitung gets ready to celebrate the Lantern Festival. On just this one day, the whole county turns out to march in a traditional parade circuit, praying for blessings. What’s the other main aspect of this special day? Of course, it’s got to be the bombing Lord Hanshan event!
This Taitung Lantern Festival event started in 1954, undertaken by the Hai Shan Temple. However, since 1980, Taitung’s Tian Hou Temple has been coordinating the whole event. Despite these two different organizing parties, the Bombing Lord Handan event has been passed down as a festival tradition for more than 60 years, making it a central part of local folk culture.

Hai Shan Temple was in charge of holding the Lantern Festival from 1954 to 1980. And since 1980, Taitung Thean Hou Temple has become the host of the festival. In spite of different organizers, Bombing Lord Handan is the tradition of the festival and has been passed down for more than 60 years. During the ceremony, a man wearing nothing but red shorts, red scarf, and amulet holding an banyan leaf in one hand plays Lord Handan for a tour procession. He stands on a bamboo chair which is carried by four bearers parading through the streets. Lord Handan is considered as a god of wealth. People believe that the more firecrackers there are, the greater fortune and blessing people will get. This unique folk event is not only one of Taiwan’s top folk events but also attracts flocks of visitors from all over the world.

Scenic Spot

  • Address:
    Taitung (Details will be announced.)
  • Opening hours:
    13th to 16th of the first Chinese lunar month