Festival events unveiled to celebrate autumn harvest
- Publication Date:2021/10/24
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The Taiwan Hakka Culture Development Center (THCDC) has organized a series of events at the Pingtung-based Liugdui Hakka Cultural Park to celebrate the 2021 Hakka Autumn Harvest Festival from Oct. 23 through Nov. 7.
The event was opened by THCDC Director Ho Chin-liang (何金樑), along with Deputy Director-General Chien Ming-hsiung (簡明雄) of Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Center, Principal Weng Shun-hsiang (翁順祥) of Meiho University, Director Hsieh Sheng-hsin (謝勝信) of Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park, and convener Liao Sung-hsiung (廖松雄) of Liugdui 300 Preparation Committee, as well as representatives from Kaohsiung and Pingtung.
This year’s festival features numerous activities that display the theme of Hakka and harvest on the day, followed by a night marathon and camping experience in the afternoon and evening.
A total of six routes along twelve Hakka settlements in southern Taiwan are designed for the public to learn about the history and culture of Hakka.
As the festival unfolded, local children’s choir and teen group joined to present performances, with ten 10-year-old children from different ethnic groups, including Hakka, indigenous tribes, Taiwanese new immigrants, and Hoklo Taiwanese, offering flower bouquet, red tortoise cakes, and rice cakes to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Liugdiu Hakka Cultural Park.
Over the past decade, Liugdiu Hakka Cultural Park has helped deepen the Hakka culture through the launch of puppet theater, cultural and environmental education programs, agricultural workshops, and small trips, Director Ho said.
With support of local communities, the cultural park has collected artifacts, conducted cultural asset mapping, published books about Liugdiu history, and organized exhibitions to materialize the concept of museum, added Director Ho.
Since 2016, the annual autumn harvest festival has drawn residents as well as visitors to experience the Hakka culture through various kinds of activities, such as making lemon vinegar, indigo dyeing, and painting bamboo hats.
As this year also marks the 300-year history of Hakka settlements of Liugdui, the festival organized special Hakka activities of making pineapple jam and cutting paddy that symbolizes harvesting.
In addition to celebration, a Hakka traditional ritual was also practiced during the festival to demonstrate appreciation to God.