The China Post news staff
The Tainan City Government in southern Taiwan has decided to cancel a national flag raising ceremony on Jan. 1 but will hold other activities instead. The central government and local-level administrations throughout Taiwan traditionally hold flag-raising gatherings on the morning of Jan. 1 in celebration of the founding of the Republic of China. But city government officials in Tainan said the ceremony was already canceled because of anticipated cold temperature and no advance preparations by the previous administration. Former Legislator Lai Ching-te of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the new mayoral election on Nov. 27 in Tainan, a power base of the DPP and the home town of former President Chen Shui-bian who has started serving long sentence for corruption.
Lai and newly elected city council members assumed office on Dec. 25. Officials said the city government will hold a concert from 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 31 until midnight to welcome the arrival of a new year at the plaza adjacent to the Yunghua Administration Center. Lai is expected to join the crowd for the traditional New Year countdown. The tourism association in the city will sponsor a food and arts carnival for two days Jan. 1-2 at the Confucius Temple Cultural Park. In addition to stalls offering a wide variety of delicacies, a giant traditional wedding cake will be for public display. There will also be singing and other performances to entertain visitors and celebrate the 100th founding anniversary of the ROC, the officials said.