the 2015 Taipei Lantern Festival at Taipei Expo Park was one of the places that R and I visited during Valentine’s Day weekend this year. The last time we saw such lanterns was back in 2012 when we went to the Lukang Lantern Festival with Tiger girl.
The lanterns on display in Taiwan were certainly very different from the ones that we see around Chinatown during Chinese New Year or the mid autumn festival. These lanterns are made by students and are all entries in the best lantern competition.
Children as young as elementary school students are encouraged to take part in this competition. As you can see from the picture above this was one of the entries done by a group of elementary school students with the guidance of their teachers.
Each lantern was built based on a theme as you can see the one above was filled with different sea creatures. Don’t they look cute?
There were many lanterns which were created to look like sheep as 2015 is the Year of the sheep.
I like this one the most as it looked like one which I wanted for myself. If only it came in a soft toy version. I certainly would purchase one for myself 🙂
Besides sheep there were lanterns based on various cartoon characters like this Dog head train.
Some lanterns were built to resembled part of an amusement park like this roller coaster shown here.
Even the circus clowns were represented among the different lanterns which were on display in the park.
Fairy tales and Folk tales were the featured themes for some of the lanterns. I saw Cinderella’s carriage on display while walking through the park.
I can’t remember off hand which story these characters were depicting but it was certainly nice to see them in traditional costumes.