Taichung organizing festival to highlight local Mazu culture

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taichung is arranging a series of activities, including a painting contest and a series of bus tours, to highlight the important place that the sea goddess Mazu occupies in the local culture, according to the city’s Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB). The bus tours will take people to see the 12 temples around the city �X all of which are more than 100 years old �X devoted to the sea goddess.

The temple tours run from April 25 till May 24, with buses arranged for Saturdays and Sundays during the period, the CAB said.

There is a quota of a total 1,000 passengers for the bus tours, and applications for the trips, which start on April 15 and ends on April 17, can be made by phone or online. People are also encouraged to express the beauty of the Mazu temples and the religious culture in watercolor works, and submit them to a contest. Entries are accepted from June 8 to 22.

There are a total of six age groups in the contest. The first prize for the college student and adult group is NT$80,000 in cash, and the works of the top-three winners in this group will become part of the CAB’s art collections. For more information on the event and ticket purchase, please visit the website of the Taichung City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (Chinese only) at http://www.culture.taichung.gov.tw/.