14
May
07

Passing through Matzu’s birthday festivities

Matzu is the goddess of the sea and she’s a major goddess here in Taiwan, since she’s said to have watched over many a boat through the Taiwan Strait.

When we were driving around Chiayi, we passed through major festivities for her birthday– streets covered with the red firecracker wrappers, swept into piles taller than people.

Trucks playing shrill wind instruments with gongs and drums sounding through the streets.  People dressed up in costumes of the gods that rise above their heads with flags sprouting out of their back.  Organized groups of people in the same color T-shirts marching or dancing together down the street.

Apparently people from all over Taiwan go to bai bai on that special day in that area’s famous temple.

Kids holding boxes of firecrackers that leap into the air with shrieking whistles and no boom.

Marching the dragon down the street.

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