The China Post news staff
The China Post news staff — The New Taipei City Government recently announced the first-ever Sky Lantern Festival in the Jingtong area (菁桐) of the city’s Pingxi District (平溪) to take place on March 13, a day before the so-called White Valentine’s Day (白色情人節) with lovebirds expected to launch hundreds of sky lanterns in search of good luck in the coming year.
The announcement of the unprecedented event was widely welcomed, with people logging on to the event’s official website afterwards to file for online registration in the festival.
A total of 48 sky lanterns with the motif of Cupid and hearts have already been secured by couples, according to the organizer. The city government said that they will be opening online registrations again next Monday, March 7.
On-site registration will be available as well, starting from 11 a.m. on March 13, when the festival officially kicks off. Another 200-plus lanterns will be available for lovers. Among these 200 sky lanterns, 30 will be pure white and available to be drawn or written on by couples, the organizer said. For more information, please log on to the event’s official site at: http://www.2011pst.tw