A colorful display of fireworks lights up the skies of Taipei. This footage from previous Qixi Festivals has many couples eagerly awaiting this year's show on Friday.
The Qixi Festival is also known as Chinese Valentine's Day, and is usually celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. However, due to the pandemic, this year's performance has been rescheduled for Friday.
Besides the fireworks, spectators will also be able to enjoy the musical performances of several different acts.
The government is encouraging spectators to use public transportation to attend the event, so as not to flood the streets with Friday night traffic. Taipei will also impose traffic controls and close off parking on nearby streets.
Only 1,500 people were selected by lottery to attend this event, and each person can only bring one guest. Taipei City Government spokesman Liu Yi-ting says that authorities will be strict in enforcing this condition.
Spectators will receive a picnic blanket as a souvenir upon entry, but will be reminded that no eating or drinking is allowed at the event. The government has listed several other locations throughout the city where the fireworks will be visible, and it will share a live broadcast for those who cannot attend. It’s clear that authorities want to ensure Friday's performance will be all about spreading love, and not the virus.