Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage, one of the most significant religious events in Taiwan, will be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, the organizer said a Thursday.
The temple has reported to Matzu — the goddess of the sea — about the postponement of the pilgrimage, Jenn Lann Temple (鎮瀾宮) chairman Yen Ching-piao (顏清標) said. Furthermore, the organizers have decided to put the festival off until the outbreak is contained, adding that the temple takes into experts’ advice and is always cooperating with the government, Yen said.
Before making the decision, Yen has asked for advice from Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), chief commander of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) in a phone call.
According to a Facebook live stream video from the temple, Yen stressed that safety is a top priority and the pilgrimage can be delayed until the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, which falls on Oct. 25.