Work to build the main lantern for the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival broke ground in the southern county of Yunlin on Friday.
The lantern is designed in the shape of a phoenix which sometimes stands in for the rooster in the Chinese Zodiac, in celebration of the upcoming Year of the Rooster in the Chinese lunar calendar.
According to Deputy Yunlin County Magistrate Chang Huang-chen (張皇珍), the festival will take place from Feb. 11 to 19 in the county’s Huwei and Beigang townships. It will cover a total area of 50 hectares and feature more than 3,000 lanterns.
The work for the main lantern is expected to be completed before the Chinese Lunar New Year begins on Jan. 28, county government officials said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel