Manuel Abeni, an Italian Youtuber who came to Taiwan in 2019 to study Chinese, participated in one of Taiwan’s biggest cultural events — The Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage — for the first time in this life.
He shared his journey to Changhua along with the deity statues and thousands of participants through the video titled “First Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage.”
The sound of firecrackers along the way was so spectacular that Manuel couldn’t help but exclaim: “This is the most beautiful experience of my life.”
Manuel has lived in Australia for the past eight years and decided to visit Taiwan with his girlfriend in 2019 to learn Chinese.
This year, he decided to experience the charm of Taiwan’s unique religious culture with the best American tour guide, Beck who had joined in the event for four years in a row.
Following the pilgrims, he marched towards the southern city in the sweltering heat. Along the way, there were enthusiastic people passing out water, food and supplies, which surprised Manuel and made him feel the warmth and friendliness of the Taiwanese people.
However, he admitted that the pilgrimage’s biggest challenge is walking for a long distance under the scorching sun, adding that the event took much endurance and physical strength.
Of course, he also seized the chance to be part of the event. He received a “cool fan” from the temple staff and tried to hold it up marching towards the temple in Changhua.
This is an invaluable experience that made him exclaim, “This is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.”
Let’s follow Manuel to experience the most important cultural event in Taiwan!
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