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Sky Lantern Festival of Pingxi

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In a remote town in Taiwan, there is a beautiful festival that lights up the night sky. On the 15th day of the lunar new year, people in the town release lanterns into the sky, filled with wishes for the new year. They write their wishes onto the lanterns, wait for them to fill with hot air, and then release them into the sky. The origins of this festival go way back. Since access to the region was inconvenient, the Han pioneers came up with the idea of releasing “sky lanterns” to let others know that they were safe and sound. Through the years this practice evolved into a popular cultural tradition celebrated annually during Lantern Festival.

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