The Zhahandan Festival

  • 09 March, 2019
  • English Service

Taitung, on Taiwan’s southeast coast, is a quiet place loved for its natural beauty. But once a year, when the Lantern Festival comes around, this  corner of Taiwan erupts into a firestorm. This barrage has one purpose- to hit a living target. Welcome to the Zhahandan Festival, a fiery Lantern Festival tradition in which people volunteer to be hit with firecrackers.  If you’re first thought on hearing about this event is “who would do that?”, you aren’t alone. To help us wrap our heads around the Zhahandan Festival this week is Li Wen-chung from Taitung’s city hall.