Hsinpu Chemical Fiber Plant's Support for Traditional Festivity and Cultural Development
January 20 on the lunar calendar is a day of celebration in the traditional Hakka culture. According to the Chinese mythology, it was the day goddess Nuwa repaired the pillars of heaven. Each year, Hsinchu County celebrates this day with a lantern festival in Hsinpu. After being halted for two years due to COVID-19, it finally resumed on February 10, 2023. Once again, Hsinpu Chemical Fiber Plant sponsored the main lantern and joined the parade with a float and a color guard. The 55 members in the color guard are employees and their families. The participation shows the plant’s support for local events as well as the Hakka culture.
The celebration typically involves the worshipping ceremony for heaven. Crowds fight to be the first to place their incense sticks in the furnace and pray to the god of wealth. Lantern festivals are held throughout Taiwan along with other celebrations such as Yanshui Fireworks Festival, Bombing Lord Handan and the harbor cleansing ceremony. The lantern festival celebration in Hsinpu is another age-old custom. Local residents get to see the parade of floats every year with performances from local organizations, schools and clubs. It is becoming the most unique lantern festival celebration in Taiwan.
Hsinpu Chemical Fiber Plant has been bonding with local communities for years and takes part in this celebration every year. In 2022, the plant showed its support for the eighth time. Its staff and their families also expressed their passion for the community by participating in the color guard and the procession.
The main lantern display for the festival is sponsored by Hsinpu Chemical Fiber Plant. Its design, which echoes the Year of the Rabbit, is a vessel of wishes for a glorious future upon all and spectacular achievements ahead.