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About Wannian Folklore Festival

Upon hearing “Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival”, people will wonder, “What is Wannian Folklore Festival?”

Wannian Folklore Festival is a great cultural event combining history, humanities and religious celebration. It not only allows people to travel through time, reappearing the original scene of the past glory of Wannian, letting ascendants to know more about the process of the development of Taiwan, but also goes beyond the religious ceremony for praying for peace, leaving the impression of temple celebrations and fairs around Lotus Lake on people. Therefore, everyone can experience devout faith of folklore religion.

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annian Folklore Festival originates from religious celebrations in local temples. Among all, the most distinguished activity is “Welcoming the Fire Lion” held at Cih Ji Palace. The Fire Lion used to be possessed by Cih Ji Palace and served as the mount for Baosheng Dadi (The Emperor of Life Protection), also known as the “Black Tiger Marshal.” 

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he religious ceremony “Welcoming the Fire Lion” came from the celebration of the birth of Baosheng Dadi. As the legend goes, if people sincerely write their wishes on a piece of paper, burning the paper along with the Fire Lion, the Fire Lion will carry all the wishes up to heaven. Therefore, it will not only bring people good luck, but all the wishes will come true.

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n 2001, in order to promote the policy of “local feature activity” by Civil Affairs Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government, Zuoying District Office consequently grasped the opportunity and started to scheme “Wannian Folklore Festival”, using “Welcoming the Fire Lion” to point out the participation of the three major local communities.

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n 2002, Wannian Folklore Festival combined Eastern temple fairs with carnivals, attracting temples, schools and folk arts troupes to participate in the parade, and the route of the parade expanded from the roads nearby Lotus Lake to the main streets at Zuoying.

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n the consecutive years (2003-2004), being held year by year, Wannian Folklore Festival received great fame, and people started to pay more attention to it.

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nder the relentless support by the administrative organizers in 2005, “Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival” finally expanded into a national event, changing its name to “Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival”, thus developing local tourism and promoting local culture.

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very year in mid-October, “Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival” will take place at Zuoing. Now, it continues to flourish and there is a bright and prosperous future ahead of it.  

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