INTRODUCTION Thousands of people in Taiwan thronged the streets of Taipei to buy traditional Chinese lanterns to celebrate the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.
GV AND SV PEOPLE BUYING LANTERNS IN STREETS OF TAIPEI (3 SHOTS)
GV CROWDS DANCING AND WAVING IN FRONT OF TEMPLE
COU LANTERN IMAGE OF SNAKE
SCU TRADITIONAL LANTERNS
GV PAN CROWD IN FRONT OF TEMPLE
SV TIGER IMAGE LANTERN
SV BUDDHA IMAGE LANTERN
SV CROWD IN FRONT OF TEMPLE
SV ANIMAL IMAGE LANTERNS
CROWD HOLDING LANTERNS IN STREET
PEOPLE LIGHTING JOSS STICKS AND CANDLES (3 SHOTS)
GV LANTERNS AND CANDLES HELD BY CROWD OUTSIDE TEMPLE
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Background: INTRODUCTION Thousands of people in Taiwan thronged the streets of Taipei to buy traditional Chinese lanterns to celebrate the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.
The Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuan Shiao Festival, falls exactly fifteen days after the Chinese Lunar New Year.
The date coincides with the first full moon after the New Year and people flock to the many temples to invoke good luck from the gods.
According to Chinese tradition, woman and girls are allowed to go out along to visit their husbands and lovers on the night of the Lantern Festival and it is often compared to the western styled festival known as "Saint Valentine's Day".
Since 1977 is the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar the majority of lanterns represented snake emblems, although some modern variations included images of Batman and Mickey Mouse.