10 Festivals You Can Only Experience in Taiwan

Taidong Hot Air Balloon Festival | © Marki1983 / Flickr
Taidong Hot Air Balloon Festival | © Marki1983 / Flickr
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
1 June 2017

There are many festivals held throughout Taiwan, and while some such as Dragon Boat Festival are celebrated throughout the world, there are others that you can only experience here in the land they call Formosa. Here are ten of the most popular festivals that are unique to the island nation.

Song Jiang Battle Array

Long ago the men of Neimen often had to protect themselves against the local indigenous tribes that would raid their land. They became experts in defending their land and passed on their skills through generations. These days the Kaohsiung District is home to 54 battle parades which honor the military tradition. The Song Jiang Battle Array is 18 of these parades in a single event.

Song Jiang Battle Array, 82 Nanhua Road, Neimen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Ear-shooting Festival

No, it’s not quite what the name suggests. This festival known as Mala-Ta-Ngia which is held in the south of Taiwan is a chance for members of the indigenous Bunun tribe to show off their archery skills by shooting at animals’ ears that are pinned to trees.

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