The Bombing of Master Handan

(“The Bombing of Master Handan” event cancelled due to preventing the spread of COVID-19)

The 2021 Lantern Festival is a 3 day holiday! Other than eating tang yuan, admiring the technicolor lantern displays, and guessing traditional lantern riddles, why not come to Taitung to experience the Bombing of Master Handan? The vibrant atmosphere, unique culture, and dazzling display of firecrackers are sure to be a memorable experience!

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In Taiwan, the three largest Lantern Festival festivities include the flying of sky lanterns in the north, the beehive firecrackers of the south, and the bombing of Master Handan in the east. The Bombing of Master Handan attracts large numbers of tourists annually to Taitung to experience the event. With one special participant bestowed the honor of playing the role of Lord Handan each year, the brave young man or woman is paraded around on the celestial palanquin while an infernal blaze of firecrackers are hurled his way. Folk beliefs say that the more firecrackers that are thrown towards Lord Handan, the greater fortune one will enjoy in the coming year. This year’s Bombing of Master Handan will be held on the 15th and 16th days of the Chinese Lunar Calendar(Feb 26-27th). After Lord Handan’s voyage around the city, there will also be an evening fireworks display.

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Caution: The above activity has a certain degree of risk. Attendees should wear long sleeve clothing and prepare ear plugs, hats, and face masks to protect from heat and smoke. When Lord Handan passes, do not cut in line or block his way. Please also be extra careful of your child’s safety if bringing children to attend the event.

(“The Bombing of Master Handan” event cancelled due to preventing the spread of COVID-19)
Date:Sat, Feb 26th 2021 to Sun, Feb 27th 2021
Location:Taitung City (Route of Divine Procession Yet to Be Determined)
Organizer:Taitung County Government, Taitung City Office, Xuanwu Temple & Handan Temple
Official Website:https://www.facebook.com/masterhandan/