Guide to Taiwan Lantern Festival 2023 in Taipei: 10 must-see lanterns

Taiwan Lantern Festival 2023 (Feb 5-19) has returned to Taipei after 23 years! This article will guide you to a full lantern tour in Taipei.

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After 23 Years, Home at Last!  The Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taipei  

The nights of Taipei will be ablaze with festive light from February 5th to the 19th, 2023, with the staging of the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taipei (台灣燈會在台北). This will be the first major international tourism event of the 2023 calendar, attracting revellers from all around Taiwan and the globe, and also one of the first international extravaganzas to hit the stage since Taiwan’s easing of COVID border restrictions in October.

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The Taipei Lantern Festival is Back (Again!) Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Taipei is almost ready for it’s annual glow up. Here’s what to do and where to go at the 2022 Taipei Lantern Festival.

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Everything Is Illuminated — Taipei During the Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival (元宵節), also known as “Little New Year,” is on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. On this first full moon of the year, every family decorates their house with lanterns and streamers.

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Lantern Festivals, Rice Dumplings, and Other Taiwanese Traditions

Yuanxiao Jie, or Lantern Festival, commemorates the end of the Lunar New Year Holidays. At this time, parades and festivals are held around Taiwan.

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Eight Taiwan Lantern Festivals (that aren’t the one you think)

In Chinese, Yuánxiāo jié means Lantern Festival, and while most visitors associate the term with the town of Pingxi (which has turned the annual event into a year-long cottage industry), in fact the festival is a specific happening meant to denote the end of the annual Lunar New Year’s festival.

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