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Taiwan cancels its traditional Lantern Festival, first time in the last 32 years

Taiwan announced that it is canceling the Lantern Festival for the first time in its 32-year history.

Hsinchu as the host, agreed that organizing mass events is to be avoided following the cluster of infection of COVID-19. Last year was hosted by Taichung with almost 11 million visitors.

Hsinchu will lose NT$200 million in tourism revenue because of the cancelation according to the central government.

Additionally, the Taipei Lantern Festival has been postponed due to the recent spread of COVID-19 pandemic and the annual Lunar New Year market has been canceled, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Wednesday

The decision was made after carefully considering how to continue disease control efforts without significantly sacrificing normal business activities. It is originally scheduled to be held from Feb. 26 to March 7 in Wanhua District, will be decided depending on how the pandemic unfolds. (Photo: Wikipedia)



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